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Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

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Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

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  • Yield: Makes about 60 cookies.
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Chill 2 hrs
  • Bake 10 mins to 12 mins
  • Cool 1 mins

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Red and green flecks of nuts and fruit make these buttery cookies perfect for a holiday cookie exchange or gift box. The recipe comes from the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 finely chopped pistachio nuts
  • 1/3 cup snipped dried cranberries


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and salt. Beat about 3 minutes or until pale and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Reduce speed to low. Beat in as much of the flour as you can, 1/2 cup at a time, with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Stir in pistachio nuts and cranberries. Using your hands, knead dough until smooth. Divide dough in half.
  2. On waxed paper, shape each half into an 8 1/2-inch-long log (about 1 1/2 inches across). Lift and smooth the waxed paper to help shape the logs. Wrap each log in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 2 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.
  3. Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Rotate roll while cutting to prevent flattening. (If dough log gets too soft to slice, freeze briefly until it is firm enough to slice.) Place slices 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm and just starting to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.

Nutrition Facts

(Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies)

Trans fatty acid (g) 0, calcium (mg) 3, Potassium (mg) 15, carb. (g) 4, chol. (mg) 6, Fat, total (g) 3, Niacin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, pro. (g) 1, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, cal. (kcal) 44, sugar (g) 2, vit. C (mg) 0, fiber (g) 0, Folate (µg) 6, vit. A (IU) 74, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 1, sodium (mg) 10, sat. fat (g) 2, iron (mg) 0

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crichton1 wrote:
From Midwest Living: 48 calories per cookie!

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