Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate Shortbread

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We used to gather for our neighborhood Christmas cookie exchange in the morning, sipping on a cup of tea or coffee with a few nibbles, then gathering a few cookies from each sweet laden platter before heading out to lunch. This year, we shook it up a bit…met later in the day…and had wine and appetizers (my kind of dinner!).

When some friends on a foodie board were looking for cookie exchange ideas, this recipe  for Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate Shortbread was mentioned. The red cranberries and green pistachios make them festive without any effort. I added white chocolate just because. If  you love shortbread…or if you love pistahios….or, heck, if you just love cookies…you need to bake up a batch of these babies. The dough freezes well, so you can keep a roll of it in your freezer for those unexpected guests. A couple of my neighbors are shortbread aficionados, so these Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate Shortbread  garnered high praise…and I know you’ll become a quick fan, too.

Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate Shortbread

Ingredients

  • Adapted from Grand Central Bakery
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pistachios, lightly toasted
  • 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped into tiny pieces

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and stir till just mixed. Fold in the pistachios, cranberries and white chocolate into the dough until well distributed.
  4. Shape the dough into 2 logs about 2 inches in diameter then chill for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
  5. Preheat oven to 325º and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Slice the cookies 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and place about 1 inch apart on prepared pans. Bake for 16-20 minutes. The cookies are ready when they begin to brown around the edge.
  7. Makes approximately 4 dozen.
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Comments

  1. Wow, love cookies and these white chocolate ones looks irresistible. I love the fact that the dough can be kept in the freezer for any unexpected occasion .

  2. Beautiful shortbread, I love these flavors!

  3. White chocolate, shortbread cookies and clinking glasses of wine with a fine group of friends – sounds divine to me! Great group picture…Oh! And scrumptious-looking cookie photos, too.

  4. I haven’t had shortbread in such a long time that I’ve forgotten what it tastes like.

  5. Another gorgeous photo… your photos are getting better each time.. new camera? just beautiful!

  6. What a great photo Liz, you must live in a wonderful neighbourhood. I would love to do that in my hood, but not too many people bake, but it actually sounds like a fun thing to do among friends and not just neighbour friends (my friend Barb of Profiteroles and Ponytails would go for it, I’m sure).
    This looks like my kind of cookie, and I bet you can even put the logs into the freezer for another time! Or even slice them up into a baggie and bake them off individually as needed; fresh cookies out of the oven are a slice of heaven.
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that you and your lovely family will have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Thank you kindly for your support throughout the year, you have made it for me. XO

  7. OMG, this is killing me! I like my cookies to have a lot of ingredients & this is just perfect. Lucky u to be in such a wonderful neighbourhood :) Happy 2013, Liz!

  8. Amazing Lizzy I love pistachos and look delicious!!xo

  9. Pinning this into my “Next Christmas” board! :)

  10. Isn´t shortbread one of the best things ever? The possibilities are endless, and pistachio with white chocolate is my type of sweet!

  11. Incredible combination of flavors!!! I would love to try this shortbread. :)

  12. carol ann says:

    These cookies look delish! I’m just wondering about the garland in the pic, It looks like felted wool? just wondering if anybody knows how to make it. I love it.

    • Carol, yes, the garland is made of felt, but it wasn’t hand felted. I purchased it at Crate and Barrel this year for our Christmas tree…but instead it stayed in my photo studio for holiday pictures. I just love it!

  13. Totally gorgeous photo of your shortbread. Love the photo of you and your friends too.

  14. Yum, these look really really delicious. I love shortbread cookies and the pistachio and the white chocolate make them even more delicious.

  15. I love all of the above! I think you are really trying my New Year’s will power Lizzy! These sound and look scrumptious!

  16. Perfect holiday colors and I’ll bet they taste incredible! Like you, appetizers are a favorite meal of mine also!

  17. I want a dozen of these. Or two. They are gorgeous. Happy New Year Liz. Hope to see you in the spring.

  18. Love the flavor combo ! And white chocolate is always a must for me :D

  19. That not only looks tasty, but it is beautiful too!

  20. That looks a perfect holiday treat. I popped in to wish you a very happy new year. May this year bring you a lot of happiness. God bless!

  21. I LOVE these for 3 reasons: cranberries, pistachios, white chocolate. YUM!

  22. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Liz, these are such lovely cookies, and already added to my must make cookie list. I love any kind of shortbread, but these flavors together not only make them scrumptious, but beautiful to look at too! Happy New Year!

  23. Love shortbread and love any cookie that can be frozen and sliced and baked as you need them. have company coming for a few days at the end of the month and will add these to the cookies I have in the freezer for them. Have some Maple Pecan and Date-Nut Pinwheels in the freezer right now; along with a few small Kahlua Chocolate Cakes.

  24. would love to be able to post some of your recipes on my FB page, but there doesn’t seem to be a connection for that; though I Pin them.

    • Nancy, if you scroll to the bottom of the post, you should be able to like the post using the facebook icon! Thanks for stopping by :)

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