White Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Salted Pistachio Drop Cookies
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Yield: About 4 dozen
 
Adapted from Wayfair - Peapod
A subtle bit of orange zest and cinnamon really take these cookies over the top!
ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs or 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted pistachios)
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups white chocolate chunks or 1½ cups white chocolate chips (or a mix of white and dark semisweet chocolate chunks) *
  • 2 cups whole, shelled pistachios, toasted (not chopped..you want them whole for a bigger bite), preferably Oh Nuts pistachios, since they, well..just taste better!
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries or cherries (or any dried fruit OR none at all)**
directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter, orange zest and sugars until creamy smooth. Add eggs or egg whites one at a time until incorporated. Add vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, cinnamon, salt (if not using salted nuts). oats, and baking soda. Mix well.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in white chocolate, pistachios and dried cranberries. The dough should be a little hard to stir with the white chocolate, pistachios and dried cranberries added in. This is what you want.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silapt. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, two inches apart, onto lined baking sheet. If you like, cover baking pan with cookie balls and chill in fridge for a few hours before baking. This intensifies the flavor and gives you a puffier cookie.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
notes:
* If you use white chocolate chips, the cookies won't be as puffy as the ones in my photos. Use chunks!
** If not using dried cranberries or other dried fruit, just add more chocolate and/or pistachios to equal about 1 cup.
- If desired, dip half of each cookie in melted white or dark chocolate and place back on baking sheet to set. Edible glitter and/or sprinkles make the chocolate dipping fun for kids, as you can see below.
Recipe by parsley sage sweet at http://www.parsleysagesweet.com/2012/12/07/white-chocolate-cranberry-salted-pistachio-drop-cookies-and-a-g-i-v-e-a-w-a-y/