Chocolate Drizzled Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Despite our serious lack of snow in Toronto, I’m starting to get into the holiday spirit. My Christmas shopping is almost complete, I’ve consumed many Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate drinks, my flights to visit my family are booked and Trevor and I are each well into our annual chocolate advent calendars (his is The Muppets, mine is Hello Kitty).

Now I can also finally say that I’ve completed some serious holiday baking. I was inspired to create this recipe based on the colour combination of pistachios and cranberries, which is also a great combination salty/sweet snack on its own. Buttery sugar cookies make the delicious base and the melted chocolate add the finishing visual touches, as well as help keep the loose pistachios from falling off.

These cookies make a great additional to any holiday party platter or cookie swap. You can even change up the taste by trying out different types of chocolate for drizzling. For this recipe, I used some more of my Cacao Barry Tanzanie 75% Cocoa, but you can use other dark chocolates or milk chocolate depending on your preference.

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Chocolate Drizzled Cranberry Pistachio Cookies 30-35 cookies

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 - 2 tsp almond milk
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • Melted chocolate, for drizzling

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch and salt. On a low mixer setting, combine the flour mixture with the butter mixture. Add a little bit of milk to help incorporate.
  3. Divide the dough into two logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour, or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  5. Unwrap the dough and roll out over a floured, flat surface. Cut into desired shape and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle each unbaked cookie with chopped pistachios and dried cranberries.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are a slight golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wired rack.
  7. Once the cookies are cool, drizzle with melted chocolate. Let the chocolate dry completely before storing.
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4 Responses to “Chocolate Drizzled Cranberry Pistachio Cookies”

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — December 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    How pretty! Love the topping and the chocolate swirls!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

    OMG, love these! This is the second dessert I am seeing using pistachios. . LOVE it! My daughters are addicted to pistachios, so we always are stocked up on them in the house. Totally going to try this! :)

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    Kim — December 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I have my logs in the fridge now. I must admit that I got a little freaked because there is no egg and I felt like the dough mixture is so crumbly. Hopefully, the fridge time makes this come out fabulous.

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    Needful Things — January 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    LOve that these are made with pistachio meal. I wonder if I can substitute dates for the cranberries, hmmm… will try it out and let you know how it goes.

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