Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies | Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies |

I think the song should go “Deck the halls with boughs of cookies”!  It is definitely cookie season and I am so excited to have participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again.

I have said it before, but one of the most amazing thing about blogging is the community that surrounds it – the people are unbelievable and I’m so blessed to have made so many friends along the way.  And what’s even more fun is mailing (and receiving) cookies from all over the country.

I received cookies from Mackenzie, Julie and Jennifer.  I loved getting to sample such amazing cookies from these gals:

I chose to use my #1 favorite oatmeal cookie recipe as a base and add some dried cranberries and pistachios to it.  I love the sweet and salty combination and it went perfectly with the oatmeal cookies.  I sent a dozen of these off to Monique , Amy, and Alexandra.

Organizers Julie and Lindsay also paired up with OXO and their Cookies for Kid’s Cancer program.  Each participant paid a small “entry fee” which was then matched by OXO.  I was thrilled to be able to contribute to this cause!

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Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies Recipe

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup pistachio meat
1/2 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the oats, flour, sea salt, and baking soda and stir to combine.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the egg and vanilla to combine. Increase to medium speed and mix until the mixture is very fluffy and no streaks of fat remain.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients and mix just until they are fully incorporated. Stir in the pistachios and dried cranberries. Scoop dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges just begin to brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Cassie’s Notes:
I love to melt a little white chocolate and drizzle it on top of these cookies.

This cookie is based off of my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, you can use it as a base to add any of the following mix-ins: butterscotch chips (my favorite!), chocolate chips, white chips, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, walnuts, M&M’s, raisins (not my favorite!), etc.; or add an additional 1/2 cup oats and leave out any addition add-ins.

Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies


44 Responses to “Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies | Food Blogger Cookie Swap”

  1. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 12, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Oh my gosh! I want a whole stack of these!

  2. #
    Blog is the New Black — December 12, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    These look great- love anything with pistachios!

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — December 12, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    There’s nothing like a perfect little drop cookie. These look terrific.

    A cookie swap with other food bloggers would be the best cookie swap of all! Each cookie would be more perfect than the next. Brilliant idea, and I love that it helped raise money for a good cause too. Food bloggers rock.

  4. #
    Vicki Bensinger — December 12, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    I love pistachio and dried cranberries combined and how perfect adding them to oatmeal cookies. I can’t wait to try these.

    What a fun event. Had I known about it I would have chimmed in.

  5. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Perfection! I just love oatmeal cookies!

  6. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 12, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    What a great combination..I love all those flavors, I can only imagine what they taste like together! Yum!

  7. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — December 12, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I agree! The song should be changed! These look great – oatmeal: the healthiest you will get as far as cookies go 🙂

  8. #
    Angie — December 12, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I love the combination of cranberries and pistachios, delicious!

  9. #
    Amanda — December 12, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    Beautiful cookies Cassie!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 12, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Yes please! I’ll take one for each hand. 🙂

  11. #
    Amy — December 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Loved these cookies, Cassie! Thank you!

  12. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    How fun! I think we should have cookie swaps year round and not have to wait for the holidays to try a variety of delicious treats 🙂 Your cranberry pistachio cookies sound wonderful!

  13. #
    Kathryn — December 12, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love cranberries in cookies and this sounds just perfect with the crunch of the pistachio and that delicious oatmeal cookie base!

  14. #
    Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} — December 12, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    My family would love these; we are pistachio fans. I’ll have to do the cookie swap next year – sounds like a blast! There is nothing better than getting a surprise package in the mail.

  15. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 12, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I love the pistachio cranberry combo!

  16. #
    alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] — December 12, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    thanks again, Cassie, for the delicious cookies! the pistachios and cranberries were the perfect combo with the oatmeal. I’m honestly wishing I had stashed some in the freezer instead of scarfing them down with my husband right away!

  17. #
    katie — December 12, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    um these cookies look and sound fab!!!

  18. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 12, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Oh I bet the oats add so much texture and chewiness to an already awesome cookie. Love cranberries in cookies and wow, they look fabulous!

  19. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 12, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    These look great! Love the holiday combo.

  20. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 12, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I love all the festive colors and flavors of these cookies! Perfect for Christmas 🙂

  21. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — December 12, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    This is so cool. I love your cookie choice and the packaging. I can’t wait to participate next year!!

  22. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 12, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I’d like a dozen please : )

  23. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 12, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m kind of sad I didn’t participate this year. Maybe next year, looks like so much fun.

  24. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 12, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Great recipe! I love the combination of pistachios and cranberries for the holidays.

  25. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    What a perfect flavor/texture combo! And so festive for the holidays!

  26. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — December 12, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Oh, yum – these sound wonderful + just like my type of cookies. I’d love these with a nice cup of tea for an afternoon snack. =)

  27. #
    ErinsFoodFiles — December 12, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    What a DELICIOUS combination!! Yum! I sure wish these had shown up on my doorstep!

  28. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 12, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    love that you used pistachios and cranberries! wish i were on the receiving end of these cookies 🙂

  29. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 12, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    It looks like we both had the same idea for the red, white and green theme for the cookie swap! These look so soft and chewy and I’m sure everyone who received them was happy!

  30. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    I love your oatmeal cookies and adding pistachios puts them over the top!

  31. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — December 12, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I make cookies like these every Christmas and I add in white chocolate chips. I love the combo of cranberries and pistachios too. So so good!!

  32. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — December 12, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Cassie, these cookies look amazing! Cranberries and pistachios are SO good together.

  33. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 12, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    I always have pistachios around, but have never put them in any sweets. Now you have me thinking…

  34. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 12, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    I can never say no to an oatmeal cookie, these look so good!

  35. #
    Aggie — December 13, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    These are amazing, a perfect combo for a cookie!!

  36. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 15, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    Yum! Cranberry macadamia nut oatmeal was next on my list to try, but you may have just changed my mind…

  37. #
    Ardy Fragola — December 18, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    My new all time favorite. Great combination of ingredients.

  38. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 5:43 am

    Great choice for the Cookie Swap! And I love how you packaged them. My partner and I just kind of threw ’em in. But they survived so we were both happy, I think. 🙂

    And pistachios in cookies! That’s new to me. Although, pistachios in anything is new to me. I honestly have no idea what they’re intended for. Cookies sound good to me!


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