These cranberry pistachio whipped shortbread cookies are absolutely delicious. An easy, slice and bake shortbread cookie, filled with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios – perfect for your holiday baking!
If you love whipped shortbread cookies, you will love these easy, slice and bake, cranberry pistachio whipped shortbread cookies.
They are so easy to make. Simply whip all the cookie dough ingredients together with an electric mixer, stir in some dried cranberries and chopped pistachios, and form the dough into a 2″ thick log. After chilling for an hour, you can slice up the dough and bake it.
Add a drizzle of melted white chocolate to the cooled cookies and you have the perfect holiday cookie.
These cookies look so Christmas-y, and they taste delicious. And they’re super easy to make!
What does cranberry pistachio whipped shortbread taste like?
There is a lot of butter in shortbread cookies, but not a lot of sugar. So these crisp little cookies are rich and buttery, but they are not overly sweet.
The dried cranberries do add some sweetness though, as does the drizzle of white chocolate.
They still aren’t as sweet as a lot of cookies though, so if you prefer sweeter cookies, go with these sugar cookies instead.
Why is it called shortbread?
These cookies are called shortbread because there is a large amount of butter in them. The term short actually means crumbly.
Don’t expect a chewy cookie – they are supposed to be a bit crumbly. Cranberry pistachio whipped shortbread cookies are crisp and buttery, and they absolutely melt in your mouth.
Can you freeze cranberry pistachio whipped shortbread cookies?
These cranberry pistachio shortbread cookies freeze very well.
Once the chocolate drizzle on top has set, you can freeze them in an airtight container with wax paper in between the layers of cookies. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
They defrost very quickly at room temperature, and are very good even when they’re still cold.
How to make Cranberry Pistachio Whipped Shortbread Cookies:
- Make sure you whip the dough well. It will be crumbly at first – it takes 2-3 minutes of whipping in a stand mixer or food processor, and 4-5 minutes with an electric hand mixer to get the dough to come together. If you don’t whip it long enough, it will be too crumbly.
- Don’t use butter that is too warm. You want it just softened enough to whip, but if it is too warm it will get too soft when whipping the dough, and it will be difficult to shape the dough into a log.
- White chocolate seizes very easily, so make sure to melt it slowly. I like to melt it in the microwave at 50% power, stirring every 20-30 seconds until it is melted.
- I have recipes for 4 other flavours of whipped shortbread cookies. You can find them here: 5 Tasty Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Here are some more great Christmas cookie recipes for you:
- Chocolate Swig Sugar Cookies
- Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Almond Snowball Cookies
- Glazed Cranberry Almond Bars