White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cranberry Crescent Cookies, are perhaps my new favorite Christmas cookie this year.
One thing I love about wintertime is the cookie baking season. I bake a ton of cookies and every year I like making a cookie with white chocolate pistachios and cranberries in one form or another. Every year the cookie is different, and this years is my favorite so far, White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cranberry Crescent Cookies.
I love the combination of pistachio, cranberries and white chocolate in cookies. A perfect Christmas cookie flavor combination.
I do a lot of baking with both regular wheat/all purpose flour and gluten free flour blends. I make sure my flours are the highest quality I can get. I believe with baking higher quality and super fresh ingredients make or for better baked goods. Holiday season means I use up a lot of baking items, especially flours, my pantry is loaded up.
Pretty sure throughout November and December I end up vacuuming up a few pounds of flour from the dust in the air and when I spill it all over. I am the messiest baker.
Christmas cookie baking was something I looked forward to as a kid; helping my mom in the kitchen making our usual Christmas cookies, to making them now as an adult with my daughters helping me create our own favorites for years to come. Although their idea of helping is just asking to eat cookies. Can you blame them?
I have a list of cookies that I make every year, usually the same cookie recipes, but ever since I started food blogging years ago, I can’t just keep posting the same ones every year so I experiment with new recipes, trying other recipes I have always wanted to make just hadn’t gotten around to it yet or making a different version of a similar cookie I make.
I just don’t think you can go wrong with any cookie at Christmastime really. As the years pass and the more years I have been a food blogger, the longer the cookie recipe list gets. Both on my blog and to bake.
So if you want to branch out and make a new cookie recipe this season, go for it and try this one. Crescent cookies are a holiday staple in many cookie trays and exchanges of all kinds of flavors. These have the extra layer of sweetness with being half dipped in the white chocolate. Definitely don’t skip that step, it really makes these stand out.
- 1 cup butter (8 ounces), room temperature but still firm
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1-1 1/2 c pistachios*, roasted and unsalted, shelled, divided
- 1 c dried cranberries, chopped
- 12 ounces white chocolate (baking bar, not chips)
*When measuring the pistachios, measure without the shells. You want a 3/4 of a cup of ground pistachio flour. The rest are coarsely chopped for two different textures of pistachios in the cookies
Hope you have a wonderful holiday and cookie baking season. Hope you have my White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cranberry Crescent Cookies on your cookie trays this year!