Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies and my 300th post!!!

We've gotten our first good taste of winter today. Although it's been bitterly cold here we didn't have snow until today. And I don't like it one bit. Ugh! The driving gets crazy around here and the stores get packed with people acting like they will be snowbound for weeks even if we only have 1 inch of snow on the ground. Anyone who has ever lived in Virginia knows how panicked people get around here. The only thing that I do enjoy is baking when I'm stuck inside the house. I was planning on making these as part of my Christmas cookie tray. I had a test run with these today and they are wonderful and easy, easy, easy!!! You can even add some green food coloring to make them look a bit more festive, too. The recipe comes from Betty Crocker's Christmas Cookies booklet. I'm still quite a bit shocked too that this is my 300th post! Who would have thought I would have 300 recipes to share?????

Just a reminder that my giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight so please leave a comment on that post for a chance to win!!!

1 pouch (1lb. 5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 box (4 serving size) pistatchio instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/4 cup Gold Medal all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 cup dry roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, pudding mix and flour. Stir in butter and eggs until soft dough forms. Add nuts and cranberries; mix well.

Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fingers to slightly flatten.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Store cooled cookies tightly covered at room temperature.

*I HIGHLY recommend buying shelled pistachios. I used pistachios I had to shell myself...never again. I would also recommend using more cranberries than just 1/2 cup. I would use 1 cup next time.


Cassie said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! That's awesome, Debbie! I love stopping by and seeing all the yummy delicious things you've posted! :)

These cookies look really good. I'm making cranberry pistachio biscotti this year and I'm eager to try the flavor combination.

People in Ohio are the same way when it comes to the snow. And don't get me started on how people around here drive in the stuff!

A Year on the Grill said...

300! You are indeed a pro now!

And I just love the look. Stay warm!

teresa said...

congratulations! i'm looking forward to 300 more!

love the cookies, deliicous!

Pam said...

Congrats on your 300th post. These cookie look wonderful!

Joanne said...

Snow brings out the crazy in everyone, if you ask me! Never do I hear more car horns beeping outside my window, than when it's snowing...even if it's just a light dusting!

Congrats on your 300th post! What a major accomplishment. And what delicious cookies to accompany it with!

Ingrid said...

Yay! Thanks for sharing 300 yummy recipes....looking forward to 300 more!

Happy Friday!

Chef Fresco said...

Congrats on 300 posts! Thats great! The cookies look delicious.

It has been cold here for way too long - I'm already ready for summer!

doggybloggy said...

happy 300 - now gimme a cookie and a hot cocoa...LOL

mangocheeks said...

Congratulations on your 300th blog post. Blogging is a wonderful world where you are able to share homemade creations such as these Cranberry and pistachio cookies which look lovely. I'd like to try one. Fancy posting some out to me in Snowy Scotland.

Jenn said...

Congratulations on number 300! Sometimes it's hard to believe how quickly time flies :)