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Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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These Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies are perfect for Christmas!!! We love pistachios! The color combo of this cookie with cranberries and pistachios is perfect for the upcoming holidays.  The two work perfectly with a shortbread cookie… so check out these delicious Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies.

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies perfect for the holidays

Chopping the Pistachios and Cranberries

Such a beautiful color combo!  You’ll start by chopping these down in your food processor. This helps to give the cookies such great texture. I do them separately, one at a time.

Cranberries and Pistachios for the Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Process Together Your Dry Ingredients.

After you’ve pulsed the cranberries and pistachios, put them aside for the dry ingredients. Add your flour, sugar, and salt to the food processor and pulse just a couple of times until it comes together.

Add the Cold Butter

Then you will add the chunks of butter to the food processor with the flour mixture still in it. Pulse until it becomes a crumbly mixture.

Almond Extract and Orange Juice

Drizzle in the almond extract and the orange juice into the food processor. Give it a couple more pulses to mix those ingredients in.

Pulsed ingredients for the Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Adding the Cranberries and Pistachios

After all your ingredients have been through the food processors it’s time to finish off the shortbread cookies.

Transfer the ingredients in the food processor to a large bowl. Add the cranberries and pistachios and fold them in until they are evenly distributed.

Chilling the Cookie Dough

You’ll dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead it into a log. Then wrap them in plastic wrap and let them chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Preheat The Oven

When you are ready to make your cookies you’ll want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then you will prep your baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, unwrap the dough log and slice your cookie dough 1/4″ thick with a sharp knife, and bake.

Slicing your Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Aren’t they just gorgeous… I can’t get over the red and green! They make the perfect Christmas cookie!

Sliced Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

They’re just as beautiful baked and have such great flavors. You can serve them at room temperature or store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to a week.


Freezing Your Cookies

If you want to prep your cookies in advance, I would recommend placing the wrapped log of dough into your freezer instead of the refrigerator. The day before you want to bake up your cookie recipes, let the dough thaw in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

4.25 from 4 votes

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

A beautiful holiday cookie!  These cookies have flecks of red and green in these beautiful Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies.
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:1 hr 30 mins


  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup pistachios
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice.


  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Pulse the cranberries a couple of times in a food processor and transfer to a bowl.
  • Now repeat the process with the pistachios and set aside in a bowl.
  • Now. to the same food processor, add the flour, sugar, salt and give it a 2 or 3 pulses till nicely mixed.
  • Next throw in the butter and pulse till it resembles a crumbly mixture.
  • Drizzle in the almond extract and orange juice and give it a couple more pulses to mix.
  • Now fold in the chopped pistachios and chopped cranberries.
  • Transfer the flour mixture to a floured surface, knead and roll into a log. Cling wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  • Cut into 1/4 inch discs. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes till golden brown around the edges.
  • Cool on wire rack. Store in airtight container.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cookie
Servings: 24 cookies
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  1. 2 stars
    These cookies spread every time I make them. I would recommend adding cornstarch to the mix, or find another recipe that includes cornstarch to better keep the shape when they are baked.

  2. 5 stars
    We shared this cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies this holiday season. Everyone in the family loves it! Every bite burst with happiness, it’s like the heaven opened its gates. This is so good, so thumbs up!

  3. 5 stars
    I will be making it again this New Year’s Eve Party celebration. I am loving this cookie recipe. My kids love it and they won’t stop eating. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for this. Xoxo.

  4. 5 stars
    This was my second year making these for Christmas and they are SUCH a hit! I follow the recipe exactly except I double the recipe. This year I made 6 different cookie recipes and they are still the favorite. Making another batch tomorrow since there weren’t enough for family to take home extras! Thank you for a wonderful recipe and Merry Christmas

  5. Made these today and while they were delicious they also melted and spread while baking. I didn’t process the butter in the flour, just cut it in, but my mom (the baker in the family) found it odd to be using cold butter at all. I’ll attempt these again with soft butter instead.

  6. I would have to agree that this is perfect for the upcoming holidays. In fact, I am thinking of giving this away to family and friends. Will try to make this ASAP and hopefully, I can make it right. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  7. I’m reading your instructions and you don’t mention how the orange juice is worked in and you don’t explain when you put cranberries or pistachios go back in the mix.

  8. These cookies look delicious and will be so festive on the cookie tray. Once you have wrapped the cookie dough in cling wrap to chill- can it be frozen at this point? if so how would you proceed with baking?
    thank you

    1. Hi Lynn – I’ve never tried, but I’d think you could freeze. I’d probably pull them out and let them thaw 24 hours in the fridge and then proceed with baking. If you try it, let me know. 🙂

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