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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lilliebet4's picture

On many occasions, infact approx 75% of the time, I am going to pprint recipes, and on the print preview the ingredients are missing - what is wrong?

fi-louise's picture
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Absolutely fantastic - in my opinion. I used white lindt chocolate and pistachios (chopped the choccy but no the pistachios) and followed the recipe to the letter; took longer to cook but smelt and looked amazing! I used a very sharp knife to cut and a few bits if chocolate were stubborn to cut but they turned out so well i was delighted!!

bunties's picture
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I made these last weekend, but as my Husband has colesterol issues I used olive spread (as I do in all of my cooking) instead of butter, and sploshed a bit of vanilla essence in, rather than measuring. With hindsight, I should have added more.
My family felt the biscuit part of the cookie lacked flavour, which I attributed to the above, so thought I should pass this finding on to others who also endeavor to make things more healthy.
I think more vanilla would have helped though.

anniebelly's picture
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Forgot to rate!

anniebelly's picture
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Marian - I'd definitely recommend you cut the pistachios up. I just made the cookies and they were a nightmare to cut. I used my sharpest Global knife and though it cut through the nuts it caused the slices of cookie to crumble and split around the nut. I also had to add a bit more butter as the mix wouldn't stick together too well. Aside from that fab recipe!

eliza_bet's picture

Just about to make these dekicious looking cookies. Wondering if cranberries and nuts need chopping?

harnarsharfar's picture

Thinking of doing these for Christmas presents :)
They look delicious

heatherjdw's picture
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Sorry forgot to rate the recipe!!

heatherjdw's picture
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These are absolutely fab, although mine were not quite as big as the pic, but as most of the dough is in the freezer for christmas presents. I think I might get more than 22 out of the mix.
I also used my kenwood chef to make the dough with the KFlexi beater on & it worked a treat.
Next time I think I will use white choc chips as others have.

neena-g's picture

Fantastic - so quick and easy to put together. The dough definitely needs to go in the freezer for an hour - that way the cookies won't spread out of shape. No egg needed - perhaps your butter wasn't quite soft enough?

mscupcake's picture
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No egg necesary - if you beat the fat/sugar it will be soft enough to cling together. You do need to chill it as well - I just left mine on the side and they were an odd shape when I cut them! Had to pat them out to a circle, and I don't think they looked as good as the picture.

nataliewalter's picture

Should I use an egg to bind the dough? Mine seems flakey and finding it difficult to form a log.

toffeebonbon's picture
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Lovely biscuits and so convenient as the dough can be frozen. Will be making these again and again.

aticavo's picture
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scrumptious!

elliscooks's picture

These are in the fridge chilling before going into the oven. So easy to make. I didn't have enough pistachios so have used white choc chips instead. Also have done a batch of dark choc and ginger so will see how they turn out!

sinny12lyns087's picture
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love it.. fantastic recipe

carries's picture
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So easy, very tasty. I had no pistachios so used white chocolate instead. Gorgeous. Will try with the nuts for Christmas presents.

kateslouise's picture
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Just lovely and very Christmassy! Very easy recipe, have made them 3 times since finding the recipe in the magazine last month!

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