The holidays are here! And that can only mean one thing: cookies! With so many cookies to choose from (chocolate chip, thumbprints, snickerdoodles, shortbread, etc.), it can be quite overwhelming and a bit difficult deciding which ones to bake. Why make a bunch of different cookies when you can make one that will satisfy all your cravings? This holiday cookie combines all my favorite cookie mix-ins into one awesome, magical and delicious treat. I introduce you to cranberry pistachio holiday cookies.
When I stumbled upon this Jumbo Pistachio and Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe, I knew it would make the perfect cookie base. Why limit myself to simply pistachios and milk chocolate? I swapped out the milk chocolate and added white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks. I used chopped salted pistachios and dried cranberries to round it all out.
This cookie has it all: a little saltiness from the pistachios, slightly tart cranberries, sweet white chocolate, and rich dark chocolate. And of course, the buttery vanilla cookie dough base that holds it all together.
I used a very large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup) to portion out the dough. This size also allows each cookie to have an ample amount of toppings. Because the recipe uses melted butter, you’ll need to rest the mixed dough in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is best!). The dough needs time to firm up before baking.
You can easily make a double or triple batch of these cookies and freeze them for later. Pop them in the oven before guests come over and fill your home with the sweet intoxicating aroma of fresh baked cookies. Perhaps you can leave a couple out for Santa or your family’s Elf on the Shelf. Or better yet, enjoy a few of these cookies while you wrap presents, listen to Christmas music, or watch your favorite holiday movies!
This is the link to the ORIGINAL Jumbo Pistachio and Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
HERE ARE THE CHANGES I MADE TO THE ORIGINAL RECIPE:
- Omit 12 oz milk chocolate and 1 1/2 cups pistachio nuts
- Instead, add 1/2 cup of each: dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate (or semi-sweet chocolate chips), and chopped pistachios.