White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Make these #WhiteChocolate #Cranberry #Pistachio #Cookies for a perfect family #Christmas! #glutenfreebaking #ontheblog

Holiday time is all about family. For some this is very enjoyable, for others it is a time filled with stress. Over the past few years, I have realized how rare it is to be in the first category and how truly lucky I am. No, I am not bragging just merely appreciating my good fortune.

In that spirit, I decided this year’s cookie would represent my family. First my father was easy. It’s a cookie. Enough said. Next my husband loves dried cranberries. I don’t think I ever even tasted one until I met him. We actually buy a tub of them from the grocery store so he is always stocked up.

Make these #WhiteChocolate #Cranberry #Pistachio #Cookies for a perfect family #Christmas! #glutenfreebaking #ontheblog

My mother’s favorite flavor outside of her morning coffee is white chocolate. Combine that with my love of chocolate chips (I believe they belong in everything) and that pistachio is grossly underused in American desserts and you’ve got a world-class cookie.

What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Yields 24

Adapted from Alton Brown’s The Chewy Gluten Free Inspired by Trisha Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

20 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups brown rice flour

1/4 cup sweet white rice flour

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup granulated sugar

11/4 cups light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

11/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons whole milk

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, chopped

1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups pistachios, chopped


  1. Melt the butter in either a saucepan over low heat or a microwave. Once melted, pour into the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice flours, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Add both of the sugars to the bowl with the butter and using the paddle attachment, cream together on medium speed for 1 minute.
  4. Add the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries, white chocolate chips and pistachios. i]Tip: View a video on [How to Fold an Ingredient into your Batter. [/i]
  7. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for approximately 21/2 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Tip: Remember the oven needs at least 20 minutes to preheat fully in spite of what the read out says.
  9. Shape the dough into 2-ounce balls. Tip: 2 ounces is 1/4 cup so if you don't have a scale you can use a measuring cup. Also ice cream scoops are usually 1/4 cup. Place the balls on parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet.
  10. Bake for 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through for even baking.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes. Move the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.
Recipe Type: Dessert

Make these #WhiteChocolate #Cranberry #Pistachio #Cookies for a perfect family #Christmas! #glutenfreebaking #ontheblog

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

This is my first year participating in 4th Annual The Great Flood Blogger Cookie benefiting Cookies For Kids’ Cancer. We each sent one dozen of our cookies to three other participants and received the same from three other bloggers. Thank you to my fellow bloggers who supplied me with delicious gluten-free goodies: Lindsey Johnson of Cafe Johnsonia, Jackie Gonzalez-Feezer of La Casa de Sweets and Johnna Perry of In Johnna’s Kitchen.

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9 thoughts on “White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

  1. Awesome combination of flavors that leave me wanting more and more. I can’t stop eating them until all of the batches are safely tucked away in my belly for no one to find a single crumb on the plate 😉

  2. This sound like a great charity. Kudos to you for participating. The cookies look delicious and photos make you want to grab one off the plate

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