Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

(from 7 reviews)
Cranberry Pistachios Shortbread Cookies

Tomorrow is the big day and I hope you are done with all your chores. I’m assuming that the list of Christmas baking recipes I posted last week should have been of some help for all the beginners and bakers on a time crunch. I couldn’t resist from trying another eggless cookie recipe over the weekend that I had bookmarked from here. Even though I have tried cranberry shortbread cookies and chocolate shortbread cookies before, I couldn’t ignore this one.

I’m so glad that I tried it because these shortbread cookies turned out awesome. They were light, tender and crispy. We couldn’t taste the whole wheat flour at all. Even though whole wheat pastry flour is not as robust as regular whole wheat flour, you would still feel a mild nutty flavor when used in muffins, cakes and sometimes in cookies too. But this recipe is an exception I guess, because we didn’t feel it even a bit. I made a small change to the original recipe by using pistachios instead of pecans.

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Prep time
2 Hr 30 Mins
Cook time
16 Mins
60 Cookies
Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
5.0 from 7 reviews
Tender, light and crispy these cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies will be a sure hit with your family and friends.
  • 1 and 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pistachios, toasted
  • butter – solidified coconut oil or vegan butter substitute for vegans
  • maple syrup – honey
  • vanilla extract – maple extract
  • whole wheat pastry flour – white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
  • dried cranberries – any other dried fruit of your choice
  • pistachio – any nuts of your choice
  1. Cream together the butter, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract using an electric beater.
  2. Add flour one cup at a time and the salt, mixing well after each cup is added. Do not use the beater for this, just mix it with a wooden spoon or spatula. Beating it with a hand held mixer might result it tough cookies.
  3. Stir in the cranberries and pistachios.
  4. Shape dough into two logs, each log about 10 inches long. Wrap it tightly with parchment paper or plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I chilled mine overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F/180C for 15 minutes. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Cut each log into 1/4-1/2 inch slices and arrange on the baking sheet(s).
  6. Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned. I took out mine just after 18 minutes.
  7. Cool the sheets on a wire rack and let it be for 5 minutes. After that remove the cookies off the pan and let it cool completely on the wire rack before storing it in an air-tight container.
My Notes:
  1. Toast the pistachios on stove top in a pan for about 5-7 minutes or in the oven, stirring once or twice in the middle so that it doesn’t burn.
  2. You need to use either whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe to get tender and crispy cookies. I’m pretty sure that the regular(hard) whole wheat flour will not be suitable for these cookies.
  3. Proceed with caution while slicing the dough. Do not use a “see-saw” motion while cutting it because the dough would start crumbling. Instead just run through the dough once with a serrated knife. Even if the dough cracks, you can still patch it up together.
  4. These shortbread cookies does not have the maple flavor. If you don’t like maple flavor then don’t worry about using maple syrup in the cookies. But if you are a fan you might want to use maple extract instead of vanilla extract.
  5. The number of cookies you will get depends upon how thin or thick you slice the dough. I was able to get 60 cookies when the original recipe states the yield is 30-40 cookies. So if you cut the dough as thin as mine you would have to bake it for a minute or two less than the original time 18 minutes, otherwise the bottoms might get too brown. I baked the first batch for 18 minutes but removed the second from the oven after 16 minutes itself.
Nutritional Information For 1 Cookie (Approximate):
Calories: 84.5
Total Fat: 4.8 g
Saturated fat: 2.9 g
Unsaturated fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 12.4 mg
Sodium: 20.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 8.8 g
Potassium: 5.1 mg
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Sugars: 3.8 g
Protein: 0.8 g

Cranberry Pistachios Shortbread Cookies


  1. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe! Will definitely make again.
    I did change some things as I am vegan i used margarine. instead of white sugar i used brown sugar. added some ground cloves, lemon peel, ground pistachio instead of whole ones and used oatmeal flour instead of all purpose flour to make it gluten free and healthier. I also added in some ground hazelnuts..yummy!

  2. I tried these cookies yesterday. I did not have any cranberries and pistachios and just added roasted almond. Oh boy! they were really yummnn. I love to incorporate whole wheat pastry flour instead of maida whenever possible. Especially with a 2 year old cookie monster at home ;). Don’t want to give too much maida to her. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This was, hands-down, the best cookie dough I have ever tasted! I anticipated that including some subtle orange flavor would give it an extra burst of deliciousness, and boy was I right! I used four drops of food-grade wild orange essential oil (from doTERRA), but I think the same effect could be achieved by using orange extract or the zest of 1-2 oranges. Be sure to leave some of the dough unbaked, because while the cookies are delightful, the dough is TO DIE FOR. Also, I recommend chopping the pistachios and cranberries a bit before adding to the dough, partly to make the cookie-cutting easier, and partly because I just like smaller chunks of things in my baked goods.

  4. These are amazing. I didn’t have pistachios and substituted with roasted almonds. They worked just fine. My husband has been asking for more even before he finish. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with the extra notes on modifications too. It encouraged me to be more adventurous and flexible.

  5. These look yummazing! Question ~ are the pistachios the same as I buy for snacks? Or, are they specific for baking? Thanks. I can’t wait to make these.


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