Help with Ms Glenda's cookies....

aqr32583December 18, 2012

I want to make the pistachio/cranberry cookies and I can only find salted/roasted pistachios. Are these the correct kind? I can't find any unsalted around here. Please help, thanks.

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woodsy_1 Zone 5b Illinois

That's what I used. They worked fine.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:39PM
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glenda_al

Salted will work just fine!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 10:42PM
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aqr32583

Thanks, can't wait to try them tomorrow! :)

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:15PM
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glenda_al

Can't say enough about those cookies, I love them.
My opinion only!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:21PM
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brightonborn

Glenda does your recipe use pistachio pudding mix,,,would you mind giving it again...the combination sounds wonderful. If you could tell me when you gave it maybe i can find it myself..hate to be a pain I know you must be busy....

June

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 6:28AM
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suzieque

I can vouch for them. They are wonderful! And incredibly easy.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 7:56AM
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glenda_al

Here's the recipe:

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup unsalted pistachios, shells discarded
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup coarse decorative sugar
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt.

In the bowl of a standing or electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and zest until light and fluffy.

Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until dough comes together in clumps.

Add pistachios and cranberries.

Gather and press dough together. Cut dough in half and place each half on a sheet of waxed paper.

Form each half into a log about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Square off each log to form a bar (pressing two rulers along the length of the dough is helpful), and wrap each bar in waxed paper.

Chill until very firm, at least 2 hours.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350�. Meanwhile, line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, beat egg. Brush egg over logs on all sides.

Place coarse sugar on a separate sheet of waxed paper. Roll bars in sugar, coating well.

Cut each bar crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, rotating bar after cutting each slice to keep square shape. (If dough is too soft to slice, freeze briefly until firm.)

Arrange cookies about a half inch apart on lined baking sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes.

Transfer cookies from parchment to racks and cool completely before serving

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 12:04PM
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glenda_al

Here's another version, but the picture of them is not near as pretty as the above cookies but a quicker and easier version.

Had great reviews

Reynolds Parchment Paper
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 box (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix
1/4 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 cup dry-roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 Heat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheet with Reynolds Parchment Paper; set aside. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, pudding mix and flour. Stir in melted butter and eggs until soft dough forms. Add pistachios and cranberries; mix well.
2 Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheet. Press with fingers to slightly flatten.
3 Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 12:37PM
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brightonborn

Thanks Glenda I really appreciate your posting them again.

Can't wait to make them.

june

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 6:05PM
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