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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Cookies

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DAY 12: White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Cookies

A Christmas cookie with a sophisticated taste. Dried cherries, chopped pistachios and drizzled with melted white chocolate. Save these for the grown-up table.

RECIPE:

White Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Cookies

  • Servings: Makes 4 dozen cookies
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1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
3 ¼ C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt (increase to 1 tsp if pistachios are unsalted)
¾ cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
¾ cup dried cherries (or cranberries)
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips + 1 tsp shortening for drizzling

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla and almond extracts.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to mixing bowl and beat just until combined. Mix in cherries (snip cherries in half with scissors if they are large), pistachios and ½ cup white chocolate chips.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop dough onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Place remaining 1 cup white chocolate chips and shortening in a Ziploc bag. Microwave for about 45 seconds. Knead bag with hands to melt chips. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in one corner of the bag. Drizzle white chocolate over cooled cookies.

Makes about 4 dozen

(Recipe adapted from Haute Apple Pie)

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Cherry Nut Mudslides

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DAY 4: These cookies are for more of a grown up taste palate. They are not my kids’ favorite cookies, but Brian and I sure love them. They are full of dark chocolate, nuts and dried cherries. I think I’ll keep telling the kids that they don’t like this kind of cookie!DSC04591-2

Cherry Nut Mudslides

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3 cups (1.5 lb) bittersweet chocolate (use chips or coarsely chop)
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
2 ¼ cups sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted
½ cup salted pistachios
½ cup chopped dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a double boiler, melt 2 cups bittersweet chocolate with unsweetened chocolate. Cool.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. With a mixer, beat butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and then melted chocolate. At low speed, beat in dry ingredients. Fold in nuts, cherries and remaining 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips.

Roll into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, just until the tops are lightly cracked. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet; remove to wire rack to cool.

Makes 4-5 dozen.

Adapted from Food & Wine magazine

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECAP:
DAY 1:
Swedish Peppar KaKar
DAY 2: Mint Oreo Cookies
DAY 3: Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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