These Cranberry Pistachio Cookies are a deliciously festive cookie to whip up for the Holidays!  Soft, buttery dough filled with tart cranberries and crunchy pistachios.

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You. Guys.  How is it NOVEMBER already?  I’m not complaining.  I love the Holidays.  But, sheesh…..wasn’t it just the middle of summer a few minutes ago?

I think it feels that way because it is still warm in Kansas.  Unusually still 75 degrees everyday warm.  Again, things I promise I’m not complaining about.  If the swimming pool was still open, I’d so be there.

What?  You didn’t come here to listen to me babble about Kansas weather?  Oh, right, the cookies!


These cookies need to go on your easy holiday recipe list.  Too many complicated things to cook this time of year. This dessert is not one of them.  Get out of that kitchen and spend some time making Holiday magic memories with your family.

I love these because they’re packed full of some amazing texture, and salty/sweet flavor.  The dough is sweet, but not painfully sweet.  Make sense?

I wanted to give you guys a nice “not too sugary” cookie before we get into all of the really over the top decadent desserts that pop up this time of year.


Another thing I love about these (as if it was hard to not love anything about a cookie) is that you can easily double this recipe without any issues.

Also, no dough chilling time. MAJOR WIN.

You can get these together quick for surprise holiday company.  Make a double batch for that office holiday party. Pack them up into little tins for a sweet homemade holiday gift.

However you decide to enjoy them during this season, I hope you love them as much as we do!

~ Nichole

4.82 from 11 votes

Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings 24



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl using hand mixer, or in bowl of stand mixer using paddle attachment, beat together the butter, olive oil, and sugar until creamy. Add the egg, and vanilla, and mix to combine.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Turn the mixer on low and add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture in thirds.
  • Stir in the cranberries and pistachios.
  • Drop cookies by rounded Tablespoon fulls onto prepared baking pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  • Allow cookies to cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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  1. 4 stars
    Delicious cookies! I will definitely be making these again soon! I may put the pistachios and cranberries in a food processor for a couple of pulses, just to spread the flavors through the dough to my preference. I was able to get 50 cookies from the batch, though the recipe says 24. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    While these were good they don’t rank up there with my best. I think a cup of chocolate chips are called for. If I ever make it again I’ll use chocolate chips.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these last night and it was hard not to eat them all. While they taste great as they are in the recipe, I had some leftover orange cream cheese icing from some sweet rolls that I made earlier this week, so I added it on top. The zing of the icing really fit well with the nutty, salty, fruity flavors of these cookies. The ones with orange icing taste so appropriate for fall and winter. I’ll be making them with orange cream cheese icing for the holidays this year.

  4. Can you tell me if these cookies can be frozen and for how long

    I’m going to make this today. I know the combination will make them amazing

    Cranberry Pistachio cookies

  5. These look so good! I can’t wait to try these mix-ins together! Do other mix ins work with this dough?

  6. You said these cookies are salty. I’m planning to make them tomorrow, but wanted to make sure that when you say butter, you mean salted, right?

    Also, can I substitute walnuts or pecans for the pistachios? I had some once from a deli that were made with walnuts, dried cranberries and white chocolate. They were amazing! SO looking forward to trying these!

  7. You said these cookies are salty. I’m planning to make them tomorrow, but wanted to make sure that when you say butter, you mean salted, right?