cranberry orange pistachio cookies

anh and i were walking through the farmer’s market last weekend when we came across the best cranberry orange cookies! they were so tasty i was inspired to make my very own batch.

i turned to trusty google, which of course turned up a plethora of recipes, and after browsing through a few – i decide on this pistachio version via culinary concoctions by peabody. why did i choose it? well, her mom said they were good. and i trust moms and food. they know what they’re talkin’ bout.

the result? mommy peabody was right. they were good.  they’re like mini sugar cookies with stuff in it. and they’re soft. soft and fluffy! they’re not quite the same as the cranberry orange cookies we found at the farmer’s market, but I’m not complaining. i’ve had four today already and i foresee several more before bed time 😦

now, the question is – what do I do with my other 36 cookies??! must.stop.eating.

cranberry orange cookies
Made about 40 cookies


orange sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp freshly grated orange peel

1 cup sugar
¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
½ cup pistachio nuts
1 tbsp freshly grated orange peel


  1. to make orange sugar: combine sugar and orange in a small bowl and set aside
  2. mix sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl; beat at medium high until creamy
  3. reduce speed to low and add remaining ingredients; continue beating until well mixed
  4. roll dough into 1″ balls; roll balls in orange sugar and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet; flatten balls into 1-1/2″ circles with the bottom of a glass
  5. bake at 350 degress for 7-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned (do not overbake!)

7 responses to “cranberry orange pistachio cookies

  1. My mom will be happy to hear that. 🙂

  2. They are so pretty! I love the colors!!

  3. Hi Jennifer! The store we saw at the mall has a website – – though it looks like not everything in the store is up online?

  4. yum yum, these look soooo yummy and are perfect for fall!!!

  5. Those sound just heavenly!

  6. These cookies look scrumptious. Not to worry, I’ll take them off your hands. We got a couple of little cookie lovers that would eat them in a heartbeat!
    Hope you don’t mind, but I just borrowed your recipe!…perfect cookies!

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