If you've ever been to Trader Joe's and gotten their pistachio's you know, that they're some of the best pistachio's out there. At least I think so anyway. Unfortunately I live in Utah, and do not have access to a Trader Joe's, luckily my friend has family in Vegas and has to go down there a lot. I always make her bring me home at least a few bags to last me until the next time she goes, but they never do... because they're so damn good I can go through an entire bag in one sitting, by myself!
Anyway, what I'm trying to get at, is that I used Trader Joe's pistachio's in these cookies and not only was their green color beautiful but they were also the perfect combination with dried cranberries.
Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated cane sugar
3 cups unbleached all purpose or pastry flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup roasted shelled pistachios
Preheat oven to 350
- cream butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
- add sugar and vanilla to butter
- in a separate bowl combine the flour and salt
- add flour mixture to butter mixture
- add in cranberries and pistachios and mix on low until incorporated
Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and combine with your hands until everything is incorporated and you have a big dough ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Remove from fridge and roll out 1/4 inch thick, cut out cookies using whatever cookie cutter shape you prefer and place on parchment lined (for cleanliness sake) cookie sheets.
These cookies make a beautiful and yummy gift for the holidays, just wrap them in a cellophan bag and tie with a red, green or even gold ribbon!