White Chocolate Cranberry Salted Pistachio Drop Cookies and a Giveaway! - Parsley, Sage, and Sweet

White Chocolate Cranberry Salted Pistachio Drop Cookies and a Giveaway!

December 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Cookies, Dessert, Fruit, Holiday | 119 Comments
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Hello, yeah it’s been a while, not much, how ’bout you?

I love that song and it has been a while – almost three weeks to be exact.  Yeah, I know..I don’t post very often anyway (and that will eventually change), but for some inexplicable reason,  this time it feels like I haven’t posted for months.

Chewy White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Drop Cookies

There’s really no major reason behind it other than LIFE stuff and that mysterious ‘lack of motivation’ plague that has been festering inside of me for months.  You know, the one I always complain about in almost every.single.post.

Sorry about that.

Well…I’m back and I’ve returned with COOKIES!

Me want cookies! - the cookie monster

I was contacted by Wayfair.and Peapod a few weeks ago, telling me they paired up for holiday baking.  They asked if I’d like to bake some cookies using one of their recipes – and I could add my own twist to their recipe(s), if I’d like..

Add my own twist if I’d like?  That’s like asking me if I’d like to breathe.

I was also contacted by an old friend, OhNuts.com.  Every holiday they let me choose two ingredients to bake with then send them my way.  I love free stuff I can bake and cook with.  I never turn those down.  Not to mention, the quality and packing of OhNuts ‘nuts’ and other products they sell, is perfection.

I highly recommend you order something from OhNuts and see for yourself, and I’m not just saying this because they sent me two free bags of nuts.  I don’t sell out for two bags of nuts (well..I did once, but I really liked the guy), or anything for that matter, but I do speak the truth.  I chose what I usually choose..’insert different nut or candy each year’ and…shelled pistachio nuts.  I have ripped my fingertips to shreds shelling pistachio nuts for baking and I LOVE to bake with pistachio nuts, so there is never a time where I don’t choose these when given the opportunity.

So, I put a twist on their recipe for Festive Drop Cookies, from the several recipes Wayfair and Peapod sent me.  Well, more like a full lambada. I took the pistachios from Oh Nuts and paired them with dried cranberries, chunks of white and dark chocolate and a bit of cinnamon and orange zest, in lieu of the M&Ms in the original recipe, to really make them pop and boy do they pop!  I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

Several years ago, I decided I was going to make a bunch of cookie baskets to give as gift to friends, the nail salon, the hair salon, the oil change place..OK, basically, if I used your service, you were getting a cookie basket, like it or not.

I AM COOKIE BASKET WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!

For two weeks, every day, I made 4 dozen of a new cookie, then froze them.  It became such an obsession..I couldn’t think about anything other than what kind of cookie I was going to bake the next day.

If there is a holiday cookie or bar and then some, repertoire, you can bet your cotton pickin’ cookie dough I made it.  By the time I was satisfied, I had made about 20 different cookies and bars and my freezer could barely shut since it was filled with tons of double thick freezer bags stuffed with almost every kind of cookie imaginable.  One week before Christmas, I loaded up ten pretty wicker baskets with 4 of each cookie, then wrapped the baskets in colored cellophane tied with mounds of curly – corkscrew ribbons (you know, the scissor drag trick).

I delivered each basket to oooh’s and ahhh’s, the reflection of me walking funny with giant cookie baskets against my chest via the glass doors of the different businesses I brought them to, becoming all too commonplace.

Chewy, Gooey White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Drop Cookies

There was one problem, though, I still had tons of cookies left.  SO, I made a basket for my sister, the mother lode of all cookie baskets, one that came up to my hip when set on the floor.  BUT, I still had A LOT of cookies left.  I looked in the freezer and it was as if the cookies were giving birth to more cookies.  They truly seemed to be multiplying and were starting to scare me. Delicious, festive holiday cookies were now an albatross – a cookie cross I had to bear.

Exterminators don’t deal with cookie infestations, so I went to my parent’s house and forced two huge cookie baskets on my Mother – begging her to give them to her hair and nail salons as gifts.

She declined, telling me it was too much since she already bought gifts for them, showing me two boxes of candy, lotion/perfume sets for the owners, plus tips with all.

That and a cookie basket the size of a small child?  “Uh uh..no way”, she said adamantly.

“Yeah, but you can add these, they’ll love you!” I said, gently pushing one of the baskets against her, watching the cookie bulk create a dent in her thin arm.

“No, Lisa..it’s too much…really…” she said, sounding a little terrified as she moved away from the basket of evil multiplying cookies pressing harder against her flesh.

I was desperate.

“TAKE THE BASKETS………PLEEEASE!!” I roared..an almost guttural sound emanating from deep within my baked dough elimination desperation.

She finally gave in and took them.  Later on, she excitedly told me everyone was thrilled at both places, and went straight for the cookies, ignoring her candy, including the customers.  They raved about them, she said, and many packed some into bags to take home, some even asking if I could make some cookie baskets for them, no matter the price.  Wow.

I felt great, but never made a cookie basket again, no matter how many people asked for them.  I think I can only ‘Martha Stewart Overload’ about once or twice a decade, now.

Chewy, Gooey White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Drop Cookies

By the way, a little cookie factoid   When baking drop cookies (or roll into balls cookies), like these, one tablespoon of cookie dough is actually about two measuring spoon tablespoons of dough and one teaspoon of cookie dough is actually one measuring spoon tablespoon of cookie dough.  I’ve always used dinner/tableware spoons to drop cookie dough, the larger ‘tablespoon’ filled for one tablespoon, and the teaspoon, filled, for teaspoons.  Good to know I’ve been measuring and dropping cookies the right way, but it was kind of obvious considering they didn’t have measuring spoons when cookies were created – I think. (??).  Wait…

White Chocolate Cranberry Salted Pistachio Drop Cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: About 4 dozen
 
Adapted from Wayfair - Peapod
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 or regular oats
  • 2 cups white chocolate chunks or 1½ cups white chocolate chips (or a mix of white and dark 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.

Chewy, Gooey White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Drop Cookies

Kids love dipping cookies in chocolate and edible glitter

So, Wayfair sent mea little box of goodies to bake with..including the red spatula in the cookie dough photo and a Peapod added ar gift card to buy the ingredients to futz with one of their cookie recipes.  Here’s the best part..I’m offering one reader a Peapod gift card worth $25.00 to buy what you need or your holiday baking!

To enter..just leave a comment.

For extra entries:
1. Like Peapod on Facebook

2. Like Wayfair on Facebook

3. Follow me on Twitter

4, Follow me on Google+

Leave a separate comment for each thing you do.  A winner will be chosen via random.org on Friday, December 14, 2012.  If the winner does not respond to my email within 2 days, another winner will be chosen.

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  1. I’ve missed you! And HAHAHA – You absolutely had an “oh no she di’int” moment in this post. Love it :) The cookies look delicious!! I am in the process of making dozens and dozens of cookies right now, so I feel your freezer-issues and can totally understand not wanting to repeat THAT any time soon!

  2. Looks really tasty! Thanks!

  3. SO glad you’re back! I’ve been checking. :-) These look so scrumptious!! I love white chocolate with cranberries. :-)

  4. Lovely cookies! They look really addictive.

    I’ve missed you too!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Those cookies look fantastic!

  6. I liked Peapod on Facebook.

  7. I love Wayfair – I buy from them frequently – and already like them on Facebook.

  8. I already follow you on twitter @icywit

  9. These cookies are fantastic! I will soon be in the baking cookie mode. I am easing myself into it. I need to get some edible glitter…it’s so pretty! That last photo with the chocolate and gold glitter is so sparkly and lovely!! Great tips about the measuring out of the dough…now keep this yumminess coming, ok??:)

  10. Just discovered you & UR blog & I love it!

  11. Wow … your cookies look so yummy that I’ll have to make them! You’ve got a great blog!

  12. Yum, Yum. Thanks for the giveaway

  13. So glad you are blogging again!! These cookies look delish!!! My office has been begging me to bake, I only do it once a year for work and these may just make their way into the list!!!

  14. Those cookies look so yummy! I know not everyone loves white chocolate, but I am a huge fan!!

  15. I added you on G+

  16. I liked peapod on FB

  17. I liked wayfair on fb.

  18. Anything to help with baking is a wonderful gift.

  19. Those cookies look fantastic! Free baking stuffs? You bet!

  20. I am one of your twitter followers @rusthawk.

  21. I am one of Wayfair’s facebook followers.

  22. I added you to my google circles (rust hawk)

  23. I liked Peapod on facebook.

  24. Those cookies look amazing!

  25. I love baking with cranberries – these cookies look so delicious!!

  26. You’ve been missed Lisa!!
    I loooooooove these cookies. Anything with white chocolate is definitely for me!:)

    • I haven’t tried these cookies but I am backing cookies all the time. These look like a great recipe that I would love to try.

      • I’m betting your friends and loved ones have been enjoying your cookie baking immensely! I hope you try these and let me know how they turn out!

  27. You had me at Cranberry Salted Pistachio . . . It could have said dog treats but I would have tried them anyway. Getting out ingredients now !

  28. Oh yum! These cookies have to be added to my list! I think some plump dried cherries are going to be added instead of cranberries. Then again maybe a little of both! HaHa! Waaay to many decisions!
    Good to see that your posting again! Have a Happy Holiday to you and your hubby!

  29. I just finished decorating sugar cookies and have 2 more kinds to bake tomorrow! I love Christmas cookies!

  30. These cookies have everything to love and are perfect for Santa ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  31. These cookies sound amazing! I love pistachios but truth be told, I’ve never baked with them. In fact, the only thing I think I’ve done besides eat them straight was nougat. I think I need to rectify that and these cookies sound like just the thing. Lovely!

  32. I like peapod on Facebook

  33. I like Wayfair on Facebook

  34. I follow you on twitter

  35. I follow you on google+

  36. Love the cookie basket story…cookies look soooo good!

  37. I subscribe via email.

  38. Great holiday cookies. Love the cranberry and the color just pops in your photos. Funny story about the baskets :)

  39. I really must make these cookies! Yum!!!

  40. Those cookies look amazing and are making me so hungry!

  41. Like Peapod on Facebook-Rosanne Morrison

  42. Like Wayfair on Facebook-Rosanne Morrison

  43. Follow you on Twitter-rosannepm

  44. Follow you on Google+-Rosanne Morrison

  45. woud love to win!

  46. Welcome back stranger….love shelled pistachios…they make fantastic cookies! Trader Joe’s is my go to…cheap cheap cheap!

  47. I freaking love these cookies. Totally gorgeous. I have such a weakness for pistachios.

  48. thanks for the giveaway

  49. liked peapod on facebook

  50. liked wayfair on facebook

  51. These look really good…my dad will ONLY eat chocolate chip cookies, so that’s usually what I make around here. I have rolled and frozen them before and they turned out great. He says no one makes cookies like I do, that mine are his absolute favorite, yada yada…and I’m getting married in 16 days! So, I told my mom that I’d have to make several batches of cookie dough and freeze it in rolls to last him for a while!

  52. These cookies are just the best combination of flavours…yum!

  53. Welcome back and you are back with a bang. Wow those cookies look so tempting sweet and salty is my weakness..and chewy! How perfect!

  54. These cookies look amazing!

  55. They look like they would melt in my mouth.

  56. It’s hard to find time to post during this time of year (okay, well it’s always hard to find time) I just got into New York the other day and am here until January 8th. Maybe an Arthur Ave, excursion?…..

  57. Wow! THanks. The cookies are sooo pretty!

  58. I always do cranberry, white chocolate chips biscotti, will do the cookies now!!

  59. Happy to see you back Cookie Monster :) You have some tempting cookies sweet lady.

  60. These look delicious!

  61. Liked wayfair on fb (teri)

  62. Liked peapod on fb (teri)

  63. Holy smokes Lisa, these cookies look fantastic! I do the “Martha Stewart” cookie basket thing every year, but to a much smaller extent – my hairdresser doesn’t get any, lol ;)

  64. These cookies look wonderful. I’ve been thinking this is a great flavor combo for some holiday cookies and your post just sold it! Your blog is one of the few I consistently follow – great recipes, photos and stories. :)

  65. Liked Peapod on FB.

  66. Liked Wayfair on FB too!

  67. White chocolate and pistachios…they are a match made in heaven! These cookies are IRRESISTIBLE!

  68. Enjoy your blog. The cookies look great

  69. I love these cookies! Love them. I really need to start baking cookies and I’ll be trying yours! And um I’ve been on the receiving end of your cookies though they were storebought and not homemade and that was April and I am down to the last 2 boxes. Yeah, really. And I loved them all and so did JP! Once in a while I bake quick breads and give them as gifts but only because cookies are way too fiddling. But now you’ve got me in the mood!

  70. Oh I know we are Google+ friends!!

  71. I’m pretty sure I follow you on twitter. Now why can’t I find you on Facebook? :-)

  72. Hi Lisa! Just wanted to say I love your blog and these cookies are awesome! Lmao @ cookie basket lady!

  73. You were for sure the basket woman, LOL! Twenty different kinds…..you were seriously crazy busy baking I bet:-) I love the idea of giving homemade treats for Christmas presents. I plan to make a couple different bundt cakes, and share them with my two neighbors:-) Your cookies sound DELISH, Hugs, Terra

  74. Hi Lisa,great that you are back!
    These cookies look fantastic, just perfect for Christmas time.

  75. Liked Wayfair on FB

  76. Liked Peapod on FB

  77. Already follow you on twitter. havent joined G+ yet.

  78. Just added these to my cookie exchange recipes!

  79. O lol Lisa! I can sort of see you buried under piles and piles of cookies.. ;) Still it is kind of an excellent idea as I’ve been wanting to bake a lot of things this month but am scared of having to eat it all myself. I know my parents want me to take something with me every single time they see me (and don’t you dare come home empty handed..!) but hey I have to think about their health too! My neighbours love me for the cookies and cakes alone, but I’ve never thought of giving them to my hairdresser or other folks along the way… But maybe not as many as you baked though. Love the look of these beauties!

  80. I love the cookie basket story. These cookies have everything in them I love and they’re gorgeous to boot. Want!

  81. Found you through Pinterest. I can’t wait to make these cookies. Thanks for the give away opportunity.

  82. I missed your writing! This is the year that I decided I was going to bake cookies for everyone. I agree with you…don’t think I’ll be doing this again anytime soon! >_<

    • By the way, love how my avatar matches my comment, hahah!

  83. Awesome cookies..very festive!

  84. I’m so glad your back! I missed reading you! Hoping for part 18 soon! love the cookies and would love to win the peapod card!

  85. I like how you added lots of nuts, fruit and chocolate to these! Going to try them for my Christmas cookie tray!

  86. tasty cookies

  87. Like Wayfair on Facebook

  88. Yummy sounding cookies.

  89. I liked Peapod on FB Dorothy Hubbard

  90. I liked wayfair on FB

  91. I am following you on google + Dorothy Hubbard

  92. these look so yummy for the tummy
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  93. Follow on Google +
    Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  94. These are beautiful and sound delicious!

  95. looks fantastic

  96. These look very good.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

  97. I liked Peapod on Facebook.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

  98. I liked Wayfair on Facebook.

    rrudnick@netnet.net

  99. Yum! I would love to make these cookies.

  100. Followed you on twitter (bag_of_bones)

  101. These look super delicious!

  102. The cookie looks lovely.

  103. Would love to win this!!

  104. Yummmm I just love these cookies!
    The colors and flavor combination looks incredible,
    Seems really delicious, have to try it!
    Thank you dear, and happy holidays :)

  105. OMG! Cranberries and pistachio?! This will probably be my favourite cookies Lis!!!! Loving the green and red! Just perfect for the holiday season!

  106. Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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  108. MMMMMM,..;Lisa! Your festive Christmas cookies look superb, delectable & mighty pretty too!

  109. I love me a good drop cookie, and these look better than good! So festive too!

  110. I saw your cookies on FoodGawker and had to make them! Sadly, mine are not nearly as pretty. They spread out a lot and are thin. Any suggestions on what I did wrong or how I might fix ‘em? Thanks!

    • Hi, Sloane..I sent you two emails..did you receive them?

  111. These look awesomr. Fyi, I bake so I

    caught it, but the eggs aren’t added into the prep instructions. Just incase a new baker is attempting.

    • Thank you so much, Cheryl.. fixed it :)

  112. Dearest Lisa, I would like to place an order for a child sized basket of these cookies. Thank you. :)

  113. googled white chocolate and pistachios … this recipe was among the options listed. Very happy to have selected this recipe! Delicious. I made a half batch … and now wish I would have made the entire batch. Will definitely make these again.
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • I’m so happy you loved them, Christine! I always loved the combo of chocolate and pistachio with a dried fruit. Try dried apricots, cut up. Everyone loved those too! :)


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