Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies


This make-ahead cookie recipe makes enough for a crowd, so make sure your cookie jar is empty when you start on a batch. Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries make a yummy fall filling.

Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
60 cookies.


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup finely chopped pistachio nuts

  • cup snipped dried cranberries


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add the sugar, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt. Beat 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in pistachios and cranberries. If needed, use your hands to knead dough until smooth.

  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into an 8 1/2-inch roll. Wrap each in plastic wrap or waxed paper; chill dough until firm enough to slice (about 2 hours).

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a serrated knife to cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices.* Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.

  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm and just starting to brown. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Remove; cool on wire rack.

To Store

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.


For nice round slices, rotate log while cutting to prevent flattening. (If dough gets too soft to slice, freeze briefly until it is firm enough to slice.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

44 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Folate, total 6.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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