Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies

It’s cookie baking season and I went into the kitchen craving snowball type cookies stuffed with peppermint filled Hersheys® Kisses….and it was a complete failure! The creamy filling melted and spilled out all over the pan. Oh well, back to the drawing board!! So I stared into the pantry trying to create a Plan B cookie worthy of sharing with the world…..

These Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies are loaded with flavor and are meant to be shared | cookingwithcurls.com

I started throwing ingredients together in a bowl and somehow managed to create these absolutely amazing Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies. They are loaded with holiday flavors and are crazy addictive!

These Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies are packed full of flavor and make the perfect treat to share with friends | cookingwithcurls.com

These cookies are a light oatmeal cookie with crunchy chopped pistachios, tart and delicious chopped, dried cranberries, with a hint of cinnamon and orange….and wait for it…topped with a light and delicious orange icing. Santa will fight you for these cookies! 😉

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies | cookingwithcurls.com

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat, set aside. In a large bowl, beat together butter, egg, and brown sugar until creamy…..

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies butter cookingwithcurls.com

Add vanilla, milk, and orange peel, beat to combine. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, beat just until combined…..

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies flour cookingwithcurls.com

Stir in oats, pistachios, and cranberries…..

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies nuts cookingwithcurls.com

Scoop dough with a cookie scoop, or tablespoon, and place on prepared baking sheets…..

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies pan cookingwithcurls.com

I sprinkled some additional cranberries and pistachios on top, this is optional. 😉 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes for 1 Tablespoon size, or 12 to 14 minutes for cookie scoop size {about 2 Tablespoons}…..

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies baked cookingwithcurls.com

The smaller size is perfect for placing cookies into paper wrappers for cookie plates. Cookies will be set but still look slightly raw. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.

For the Orange Icing: whisk together powdered sugar, orange peel, orange juice, and vanilla in a small bowl. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies…..

Delicious Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies just in time for the holidays | cookingwithcurls.com

I seriously cannot stop eating these cookies! I placed a sheet of parchment paper under the cooking rack to catch all of the drips, which makes for super easy clean-up. 🙂

Every year I challenge myself to make one new type of cookie for Christmas giving, and these Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies are definitely worth sharing… and making again year after year, LOL

Last year I made these Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies if you’re looking for a no-nut cranberry cookie…..

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | cookingwithcurls.com

Enjoy!!

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies

Serves 24
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 27 minutes
Meal type Dessert
These Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies are loaded with flavor and are meant to be shared.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmet
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 Cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened cashew)
  • 3/4 cups chopped, dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Orange Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat, set aside.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, egg, and brown sugar until creamy.
Add vanilla, milk, and orange peel, beat to combine.
Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, beat just until combined.
Stir in oats, pistachios, and cranberries.
Scoop dough with a cookie scoop, or tablespoon, and place on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes for 1 Tablespoon size, or 12 to 14 minutes for cookie scoop size {about 2 Tablespoons}.
Cookies will be set but still look slightly raw. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.
Orange Icing:
Whisk together powdered sugar, orange peel, orange juice, and vanilla in a small bowl.
Drizzle icing over cooled cookies.

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