Pistachio cranberry Christmas cookies are made with an oatmeal cookie base, loaded with pistachios and cranberries, and then drizzled with a simple icing.
Christmas is going to be here before you know it and I’ve already begun creating recipes for you guys. I’m starting off with a cookie you can really eat any time of the year, pistachio cranberry Christmas cookies.
It’s a spinoff of my iced pistachio cookies, but given a kick of Christmas spirit. Okay, so I really just added cranberries, but that gives them the festive red and green colors! And of course cranberries are a Christmastime ingredient. Can’t forget that reason for including them 🙂
I personally love dried cranberries in cookies. They’re like raisins, but better because they’re sweet, slightly tart, and have more flavor. Plus, they add texture with their dried, chewy goodness—a nice complement to the crunchy pistachios.
Speaking of those pistachios, they definitely leave their mark in these cranberry Christmas cookies. When the cookies are baking, the pistachios permeate the cookie dough making a very distinct, and might I add delicious, flavor.
What I’m trying to get at here is that these cookies are bursting with flavor and texture—everything I like in a cookie.
But that’s not the only reason why I love these cranberry Christmas cookies. Yes, you can load them up with whatever you want, but the magic is in the base… a.k.a. my oatmeal cookie recipe.
These oatmeal cookies are so chewy and flavorful. They adapt well to yummy ingredients like pistachios and cranberries, but never lose their classic oatmeal cookie taste. Seriously, I love this recipe so much and get such a thrill out of different adaptations.
Yes, I get a thrill out of cookie adaptations.
And then to top it all off, these pistachio cranberry Christmas cookies get a drizzle of icing because why the hell not. It’s the holiday season and there’s a little extra sugar going around. Plus, a little icing makes cookies look even prettier.