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Big Black Dog: Pistachio Cranberry Cookies

February 21, 2009

Pistachio Cranberry Cookies


Here are more of my Christmas cookies that I made post Christmas. Oh well, I had some other issues going on and December was just not a baking month for me. I dearly love true shortbread cookies but wanted to dress them up a bit. And what could be better then a shortbread cookie dressed with crushed pistachios and dried orange-flavored cranberries.

These cookies are just delicious!




Shortbread Cookies
Recipe adapted from Ann's Mom

1 lb. butter, soft
1/2 lb margarine, soft
6 1/2 c. flour
2 c. powdered sugar

Cream butter and margarine and add powdered sugar.

Gradually, add flour 1 cup at a time.

This is a true shortbread cookie so no vanilla is needed. It is also very SHORT and cracks easily.

Either roll out dough and cut cookies. Or roll into a log, refrigerate and with a very sharp knife, slice the cookies.

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
Recipe developed by Big-Black-Dog

3 sticks of butter, softened
3 1/4 c. flour
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. chopped dried cranberries
1/2 c. chopped pistachios

Cream the butter and powdered sugar. Add the chopped cranberries. Gradually add flour. Roll dough into about a 2" diameter log. On a piece of plastic wrap sprinkle the chopped pistachios. Roll the cookie log over the chopped nuts, gently pressing down so the nuts embed into the dough evenly. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. With a sharp knife, slice into 1/2" slices.

Place cookie slices on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until slightly brown on the bottom.

NOTE: These cookies do not rise. So the diameter of your log will be the diameter of the cookie.


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4 Comments:

Blogger artis1111 said...

These look good! My hubby loves cookies. Kathy

February 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

They look delicious, Michelle!

February 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger n.o.e said...

I had several pistachio/cranberry or pistachio/cherry cookie recipes bookmarked and didn't get to bake any of them! Now I'll add your recipe to the pile - they look great, and I love that combination of colors and flavors in the winter.
Nancy

February 23, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

these cookies sound absolutely delicious! i love the combination of the pistachios and cherries. i cannot, cannot wait to try these!

February 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

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