Mom's Dried Cherry, Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Shortbread Cookies

Moms Dried Cherry Cranberry and Pistachio Nut Shortbread Cookies
This image courtesy of John Hession

Start your holiday baking with this easy to make slice and bake shortbread cookie. Sideline: cookies like shortbread can be made ahead and frozen if well wrapped and sealed in tins, plastic containers or plastic bags.

Makes4 dozen, approximately

Cooking MethodBaking



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Vegetarian

EquipmentElectric Mixer


Taste and TextureButtery, Fruity, Sweet

Type of DishCookie, Dessert


  • 1 cup shelled natural pistachio nuts
  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

  3. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and toast them for about 5 minutes; watch that they do not burn. Cool, then coarsely chop and set aside.

  4. In a medium size bowl mix the flour and salt and set aside.

  5. In a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very smooth. Add the vanilla and beat for 1 minute. Add the cranberries, cherries and nuts and combine on low speed. Slowly blend in the flour and salt.

  6. Gather up the dough and transfer it to a large sheet of wax paper. Pat the dough into a rectangle roughly 4 inches wide and 18 inches long. Use the wax paper to help you roll the dough into a log shape. Neaten the ends and place the wax paper wrapped dough in the freezer for 10 minutes.

  7. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

  8. Remove the wax paper from the log and using a sharp knife slice the log into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Or slice thicker rounds if you prefer. Space the cookies about 1-inch apart on the baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes. The cookies should not brown but remain pale with just a hint of browning around the edges.

  9. Cool on wire racks and grab a cup of coffee, tea or cold milk and enjoy this treat from Mom.

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