Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies: this buttery vanilla cookie dough holds chopped pistachios, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and dark chocolate chunks. 

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

Every holiday season I have grand plans of making dozens of different cookies to share with friends and family. All year I search and compile the cookies recipes I plan on making. I tell myself that I’ll start baking immediately after Thanksgiving.

Eventually, things get in the way and my cookie making plans get pushed aside. My list of a dozen different cookies narrows to ten, then to six, and by the week leading up to Christmas, I’m down to three cookie varieties.

Perhaps this year will be better. We’re only a week into December and I’ve already got a batch of cookies in the freezer. (Yes!!!) It can be a bit difficult and overwhelming deciding what cookies to make and share during the holidays. These pistachio cranberry holiday cookies make it a little easier.

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

These cookies are packed with all sorts of yummy goodness: chopped salted pistachios, tart dried cranberries, milky white chocolate chips, and rich dark chocolate chunks. There’s a little something for all taste buds.

There’s also the buttery vanilla cookie dough batter that I’m so tempted to eat straight from the bowl. (But don’t do that. You may a stomachache from the raw egg and raw flour.)

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

I use a large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup) to portion out these out. These big cookies allow you to have an ample amount of all the different mix-ins.

Because this recipe uses melted butter, the cookie dough requires a little chill time before baking. If you’re pressed for time, you can freeze the cookie dough balls at this point and save them from later baking.

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Holiday Cookies

Yield: makes 21 cookies

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon milk, or cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted pistachios


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer), combine melted butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light in color.

  2. Add egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Mix on low speed until well combined. Add in flour and salt. Stir together until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour. Scrape down bowl as needed.

  3. Fold in cranberries, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, and chopped pistachios. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for one hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a large cookie scoop to portion out chilled dough. Space cookie mounds about 2-inch apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are set. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding and transferring to wire racks to cool completely. 

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I need these cookies now !

Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

We have the same good intentions in December! My cookie list gets whittled down too, but these cookies surely need to be included!

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

I’ve been making pistachio-cranberry-white chocolate cookies the past couple of years and they’re always a hit – not only delicious but fun with the three traditioanl Christmas colors!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

I adore this flavor combination!

Jen @ The Weary Chef

This flavor combo sounds fantastic! Would love to try this!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Now these are cookies that my husband would go crazy over! He eats pistachios and dried cranberries for snacks all the time so I know these would be perfect for him!

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