Pistachio & cranberry cookies

Pistachio & cranberry cookies

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 22

These crunchy, fruit & nut biscuits are sure to be a family favourite - make ahead and freeze, or wrap up for the perfect homemade gift

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
140
protein
2g
carbs
15g
fat
9g
saturates
4g
fibre
0g
sugar
7g
salt
0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 175g butter, softened
  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g plain flour
  • 75g pistachios
  • 75g dried cranberries

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Method

  1. Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. stir in the flour, then tip in the pistachios and cranberries – you might need to get your hands in at this stage to bring the mix together as a dough. Halve the dough and shape each half into a log about 5cm across. Wrap in cling film, then chill for 1 hr or freeze for up to 3 months.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. slice the logs into 1cm-thick rounds, place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 12-15 mins. Cool completely on the tray.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2011

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marshalsea's picture
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Gorgeous.
Made these today as a christmas treat and they didn't last very long.

nadrennan's picture
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Lovely biscuit. I added the zest of one orange as well to make them really Christmasy.

ryc90709's picture

How long do these biscuits keep, once cooked?

clrobson's picture
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Lovely recipe! My cookies took 25 mins to cook and i had to shape them by hand as the pistachios just made the dough fall apart when cutting! I am going to half drizzle mine with white chocolate, hopefully will be yummy!

clrobson's picture
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Lovely recipe! My cookies took 25 mins to cook and i had to shape them by hand as the pistachios just made the dough fall apart when cutting! I am going to half drizzle mine with white chocolate, hopefully will be yummy!

salmay's picture
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Very buttery and short, lovely. A grown up biscuit (not 'cookie' - this is a biscuit to my mind).
Expect it is a good base dough recipe to try with other flavourings too. Quite fancy trying them with plain chocolate and orange zest.

happystar's picture

I baked these tonight for a Christmas party tomorrow. I almost had to tie my boyfriends hand s behind his back to stop him from stealing some, but my strong will didn't last very long as they looked too good not to test! The verdict: he thinks add more pistachios, less or no cranberry and make the biscuits smaller. I agree on all of that except the cranberries need to stay in!! I have read the variations that people have suggested and will definitely try some of them; white chocolate and apricots sounds good and I have some sour cherries in the cupboard which need a recipe. These are defintely scrummy and worth baking. Hope my German friends think so tomorrow or I will have to eat all of them! :-)

jenpierce22's picture

These are great. As we are not keen on nuts, I substituted white choc for the pistachios, and I used the tip of another reviewer to put the logs into cardboard tubes (from a roll of Xmas paper LOL)whilst they are in the fridge. This resulted in slightly smaller biscuits but I got over 30 and they looked great - all good shape and regular in size. Will do again.

barberini's picture

Why not try wrapping the rolls of dough in clingfilm before chilling in the 'fridge. Then you may find that they will cut more easily into rounds without crumbling. Just remove the cling film before baking.

susanb54's picture
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Oops, mistake in my comments. I didn't use any spice at all. I made the mince pie cakes today as well and used all spice in them.

susanb54's picture
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Mmmmm. I didn't have a problem cutting these but I did crush the nuts up a bit first. I didn't have any mixed spice so used all spice instead. It seemed to work OK. First batch was overcooked but I did 2nd lot for 17 mins and they are Fab. I don't think they will last long.

suemag's picture
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Delicious. Looking forward to trying alternative combinations. Followed the recipe exactly and the mixture came together well. Used a serrated knife to cut the chilled logs.

alicecoppard's picture
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Delicious recipe and so so easy! I made them for a shared morning tea and they were gone within an instant.

hcc1403's picture

Hi, I'm thinking of making these for Christmas presents - but how long will they keep for once cooked? We're seeing relatives for present-swapping a few weeks before Christmas. Many thanks, Helen

sheila_moorhouse's picture
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i must have made this 10 or more times, i have substituted the cranberries for dried chopped apricots, they are always demolished also i find chilling makes it difficult to cut so i do it straight away, always works for me, and they taste yummy

allena907's picture
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These went down a treat! I will definitely make them again.

allena907's picture
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These went down a treat! I will definitely make them again.

clamod's picture
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Yummy. As others have said possibilities are endless. My favourite is chopped orange flavored dark chocolate and almonds.

aynsleyred's picture

I made them with hazelnuts and chocolate chunks and they were very tasty. They wernt as crunchy as I thought they'd be (going by the photo and description), as others have said they're more like a shortbread.

nicoleinafrica's picture
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These are lovely, short and crumbly, but the cranberries are chewy. The 'log' keeps well in the fridge.

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