White Chocolate Cran-Pistachio Cookies

IMG_2975WHAT! Is it really almost Thanksgiving? Got you dessert plan yet? Thanksgiving doesn't have to be all pies, pies, pies… a cookie can be the perfect ending to any holiday meal. Don't get me wrong, pie is awesome!  I love to make pies, but whenever I show up to Thanksgiving dinner with the family, there are always maybe one or five too many. Yeah my mom thinks we all will eat 2 pies a piece This cookie is the perfect holiday combination. It says, yeah I am classy with my white chocolate chips. Cranberries are a nice seasonal flavor, and those pistachios.. this lady really went all out.  WIth this cookie, you lose the formalities of pie. You don't have to feel the pressure of eating piece after piece of pie.  Eating cookies is a little easier. Grab a cookie and go for a walk. Have a piece of pie and chat for a while. Need  little something.. well maybe another cookie. Watching a family movie after all the clean up and dishes are done? Why yes, a cookie is a no hassle movie snack. Bonus...Left overs are easily stored in tins or plastic baggies and there is no, Hey, where's my freaking pie plate?

For real. People love these cookies but full disclosure: the small littles not as much. Their little mouths don't yet appreciate the cranberries and pistachios as much as some folk. When we taste tested these cookies with the littles, the loved the cookie and they loved the white chocolate chip. A few(not all) picked out the cranberries and the $20 a pound pistachios. Needless to say, a batch of plan chocolate chip cookies always wins with the small people crowd.

If you are on dessert duty this Thanksgiving, I recommend making cookies.

IMG_3018So simple and so elegant. This combonation is the perfect balance of the sweet white chocolate, the tart cranberries, and the crunchy yum of the pistachio.

IMG_3010I don't own a stand mixer… I know, it's really sad, but I do have several littles who have lots of energy and are easily swayed to mix mix mix…Just give them the spoon and tell them they can lick it  clean when they are done….. And so goes the sugar, butter, and vanilla..creamed together by the arms of babes. Makes the cookies taste better.

IMG_3014In goes the dry…These ladies knows how to stir!IMG_3006This guy got lucky. He got to stir in the goodies. I gave him his own bowl of chocolate for his skills. It's important to pay the help.


IMG_2988So there you have it, a lovely cookie to share.

White Chocolate Chip Cran-Pistachio Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pistachios

Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown and white sugar. Once light and fluffy, mix in both eggs and vanilla.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet.   Add in the cranberries, pistachios and white chocolate chips. Mix until combined. refrigerate dough for 10-15 minutes before baking..

Drop dough on non greases cookie sheet. Place sheet on middle rack and cook for 9-12 minutes or until a slight golden brown.

Note: dough can be made up to a week in advanced and refrigerated.

Should make about 3 dozen… It really depends on the size you want.