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

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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Vegirl's picture
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These are really excellent, although I would say they are far more like shortbread than cookie! So simple to make, I have had no trouble either bringing the dogh together or slicing it after chilling. Will make these again and again.

lynmerry's picture
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yummy, and so easy to make

spookiebee's picture
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I have made this recipe several times now, each time I just change the fruit/nut combo. So far I have made: chocolate chips cookies, cranberry and pistachio cookies , Cranberry and Pecan cookies and crystalised Ginger cookies - all of which are delicious.

clairesherwin's picture
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I loved the taste of these cookies. My only negative was that I bought unshelled nuts and found it took me ages to shell enough pistachios.

I agree with the others that the butter needs to be very soft to bind it and it is better to chop the nuts slightly before mixing them.

Rowena Wilkes's picture
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These are great. Didnt get anywhere near 22 out of them though! Not sure if I cooked them long enough. Are they still supposed to be really soft and squidgy when you get them out of the oven? Regardless, they taste lovely. Im going to make a huge batch and give them to family and friends for xmas. I hope they like them as much as me and my children!

manatee31's picture
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sorry to say I was really disappointed with this one... mine came out really dry.

purplepossom's picture
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Love these biscuits... so delicious and easy to make. So far have been making them with macademia & cranberry as can buy these in a mixed bag cheaper than pistachios, but for christmas pressies going to splash out and get some pistachios in there for the festive red & green colour!

jobarrett's picture
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Really easy to make and taste great. Followed the recipe to the letter apart from I halved the quantities for this dummy run.

dpclough's picture
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Very easy to make, and very tasty, although when cooked mine merged together so I had to cut them into square. But still looked good.

bozzer's picture

Very easy to make lovely biscuits will definetly make again

hairywalker's picture

Delicious and easy to make. Chopped up nuts a little which did help when the time came to slice into rounds. It helped to prevent crumbling. Would make again using almonds and sultanas/raisins.

stemichka's picture
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I took a batch of these delicious cookies into work and they disappeared in an instant ! My colleagues likened them to shortbread. The cranberry-pistachio mix is perfect, but I'd like to try with white chocolate too next time (I'm sure the variations are endless !)

mmarland's picture

Lovely recipe and fab biscuits. I used gluten-free flour instead of normal and they came out really well. I would also advise chopping up the nuts a bit before adding to the mix as I struggled to make elegant shapes as I cut up the log.

kateyboo's picture
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Whoops forgot to rate, and also add I am going to try cranberry & macadamia for the next lot & I am thinking of dipping half the cookie in dark choolate

kateyboo's picture
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These are delicious :)

I used pecans & i gave them a quick blitz in the mini chopper to break them down a bit. I have a fan oven and ended up baking both batches for 24 mins rather than the 15 given.

The only other addition was a sprinkling of golden caster sugar as soon as the cookies came out of the oven to give a lovely crust.

I also took a chunk of the mix out before mixing in the fruit & nuts for my fussy boyfriend - these biscuits baked well too.

susanatkinson's picture

Found these easy to prepare and the proportions were perfect. After leaving in the fridge for 1 hour I was looking forward to the "easy" job of slicing the dough into 1cm rounds. This proved to be impossible as I could not cut through the nuts and cranberries. I ended up re-forming each slice and flattening between cling film to make the biscuits. The result was delicious. have made them for a Christmas hostess gift so will need to make more for myself! "Bashing up the nuts sounds a good idea"

cehawes's picture
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Just made these and like others, found the dough very difficult to form into a neat-ish log and cut into rounds. I think softer butter, and maybe chopping the nuts a bit, would help next time. The flavour is delicious.

dpclough's picture
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Very easy, and very tasty!

rhiannon134's picture

Going to make these for kids to give to the teachers. If you are having trouble with the shape, put the dough into an empty kitchen roll tube while it sits in the fridge, will keep it round. I will bash up the nuts a bit I think, also will try white chop chips as that sounds good.

ben-10's picture
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So easy and quick. Absolutely YUMMY as well!

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