Friday, December 10, 2010

Cran-Pistachio Cookies- Week 11 of the 12 Weeks of Chrismtas Cookies

Week 11 of the 12 Weeks of Chrismtas Cookies

Cran-Pistachio Cookies

Picture from the Betty Crocker website (my computer lost my picture!)

Well, It's official I'm in holiday mode.  The mode I swore that I wouldn't get in because THIS year I would be more organized, Christmas presents would be purchased early(yeah, I'm still not done), baking would be done a little at a time so all nighters wouldn't have to be pulled, and I would commit to nothing so I could relax and enjoy the holidays.  NOT! 

I have found Christmas shopping with an almost 2 year old is not fun and when I say not fun I'm being nice people.  I had heard stories from my mother in law about my husband and his three brothers as children hiding from her in the clothes racks when out shopping, knocking down clothes racks, etc.  I thought... really?  I say this because being an only child, my mother would have tied me to the roof of the car all the way home if I behaved like that.  Okay not really I would have gotten the *look*... do any of you know which look I'm referring to?  I've heard some other moms in the world had the super power of the *look*.   I wish I had it.  I try and my kiddo just screams louder.  So, I have now realized that I am that mother the one that yes I admit I use to look at her children behaving badly and shake my head.  I'd think my mom would have killed me for that! 

He looks like he could never misbehave, right?
 Now realizing the difference between boys and girls and that I haven't a snowballs chance in hell of making my little tornado behave right now.  I simply look at those well meaning people starring at me, shrug my shoulders and offer and apology for my tantrum throwing child. 

On to the cookies, I am in a whirl wind of preparing for the holidays AND I've been receiving a few orders for cakes and goodies (which I'm happier than a pig in mud about!) so I confess I did not make these cookies.  I really meant to though and will in a few days for my holiday gift baskets. 

These are the cookies my mom brought to the cookie swap and I'm surprised I even got a picture of them.  I was inhaling them!!  They are such a nice change from the heavy, rich cookies we are all accustom to (not that they are a bad thing).  Cran-Pistachio Cookies are light and almost refreshing, and if you like pistachio flavor they are like biting into a tiny piece of heaven!  Plus, they look like Christmas on a plate, Bonus!  I recommend whipping up a batch for your holiday cookie platter!

Sorry! When I went to look for this picture I don't have it... my computer malfunctioned recently and apparently I lost my entire "blog photos" file... I promise these cookies are beautiful though!  Update! I found a pic on the Betty Crocker website! Thanks Betty!!

Cran-Pistachio Cookies    Printable Version

1 pouch Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 box (4 serving size) Pistachio Instant Pudding
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 cup dry roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Mix cookie mix, pudding mix, and flour in a bowl.  Stir in melted butter and eggs until soft dough forms.  Add pistachios and cranberries, blend well.  Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Press with fingers slightly to flatten.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool completely.  Store tightly covered at room temperature. 

Makes 48 cookies

And for some reason I am linky challenged so please click above to go to my friend Lisa's blog over at Sweet as Sugar Cookies to check out more Christmas Cookie recipes!


  1. Sounds like you had quite a day. I definitely know that "look" as well from my childhood days. But, it looks like you rallied back with some delicious cookies that are perfect for the holidays. Thanks for linking to my blog. :)

  2. I love that the cookies are green! Makes the cranberries pop! So festive!

  3. Wow, I would have never thought to combine pistachios and cranberries but that's such a great idea! The tart/salty combo sounds wonderful. :)

  4. This sounds like such a great recipe and looks so festive! Good luck with your little tornado! BTW, when my(now grown)son was about 4 years old, he also toppled over a round, glass topped clothes rack!?!

  5. I've had this recipe bookmarked and just haven't gotten to it yet!! I even have all the ingredients. I'm happy to know they are good!

    My 2 1/2 year old is a whirlwind tasmanian devil but a charmer. I know where you're coming from. :)

  6. They look really festive. I'm sure they tasted wonderful. I love pistachio n cranberries. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a neat recipe! And so perfect for the holidays!

    I'm hosting a Christmas Recipe party on Thursday (with prizes). Hope you can stop by!

  8. Yummy! I see you are even further behind in blogging than I am - I'd say it's about time for a post. Hope you are having a happy new year!


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