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Cookie Swap: Michaela's Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

It's Day 8 of our holiday cookie swap! To keep things COVID-safe, we've taken our holiday traditions and transformed them into a experience for our friends and followers. 

A dash of red and green packaged in a delicious shortbread, today Keri bakes Michaela's Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies. 

Have you been following our virtual cookie swap? Join us all December long as we swap recipes through December 24th and Spotlight some of our favorite homemade holiday treats! Here are a few other recipes from this year's swap: 

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Michaela's Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are festive for the holidays with the pieces of green and red peeking through the dough. The dough can be made ahead and kept in the fridge (or freezer), then sliced and baked whenever you ready to serve them.

Recipe By: Michaela Samson

Baked By: Keri Kundert


1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1/2 c. shelled pistachios, unsalted
1 egg (for egg wash)
1/4 c. decorative sugar


  1. Stir together flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing until dough just comes together in clumps, then stir in pistachios and cranberries. Gather and press dough together, then divide into 2 equal pieces. Using a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper as an aid, form each piece of dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Square off long sides of each log to form a bar, then chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until very firm, at least 2 hours.
  3. Slice and bake cookies:
    1. Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Beat the egg and brush over all 4 long sides of bars (but not ends). Sprinkle decorative sugar on a separate sheet of parchment or wax paper and press bars into sugar, coating well.
    3. Cut each bar crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rotating bar after cutting each slice to help keep square shape. (If dough gets too soft to slice, freeze bars briefly until firm.) Arrange cookies about 1/2 inch apart on lined baking sheets. Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are pale golden, 15 to 18 minutes total. Transfer cookies from parchment to cooling racks w/ a slotted spatula and cool completely.


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