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These Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are all decked out in Red and Green!  Rich Cream Cheese Dough is coated in crunchy Pistachios and crowned with a Jammy dollop of tangy Cranberry compote.

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

Is your holiday baking in full swing?

For me, baking is a year-round affair (obvs), but I’m really doing my bestest to step up my cookie game for the high season 😉

I’ve been invited to a pajama party/cookie exchange at the end of this week.  How fun does that sound???  I really want to go.  Hopefully I can manage to squeeze in an extra 5 dozen (!) cookies by Friday, in addition to all the other bloggy baking I have scheduled for this, the most baketastic week of the whole year.

It’s dizzy and busy but I truly love it.  Cookies are my favorite thing to bake, and I wish they were better represented on this blog.  Over the next few days, I’ll be baking up a few more of my favorite recipes, and these in particular have been a holiday staple in my kitchen for years.  They trickled down to me from my mom’s best friend, around 2 decades ago.  I wonder if she remembers gifting a few dozen of these to my family, so long ago…?  They made a big impression on me, and I’ve been making them ever since.

This year I decided to put my own spin on Jackie’s classic recipe (which was originally done with raspberry preserves, and without nuts), and give them a festive red and green look, with cranberries and pistachio.

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

I’m telling you, when it comes to cookies I am usually ALL about the chocolate.  It takes something preeeeeetty special to turn my head, when chocolate is not involved.  This is IT!

The cream cheese cookie dough is so unbelievably rich and dense, and it literally melts in your mouth.  It’s almost like a cross between cheesecake and cookie.  Could there be anything better than that???

The ground pistachio nuts add even more richness, along with a nice salty/crunchy contrast.  And the tart cranberries are so fruity, sweet, and festive!

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

These Christmas Thumbprint Cookies are all decked out in Red and Green! Rich Cream Cheese Dough is coated in crunchy Pistachios and crowned with a Jammy dollop of tangy Cranberry compote.

Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Total Time 37 minutes
Serves approx. 42 cookies     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup finely chopped pistachio meats
  • approx.1/2 cup Cranberry Compote, recipe follows
  • (1) 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until completely combined.
  3. Mix in the flour and refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
  4. Scoop the chilled dough into 1 tablespoon balls, and roll between your palms.
  5. Dredge the balls in the egg white, and roll in chopped pistachios to coat.
  6. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and use a ¼ teaspoon measure to press a deep well into the center of each ball.
  7. Fill the well with a small amount of cranberry compote, and bake for 12 minutes.

To Make the Cranberry Compote:

  1. Simmer the cranberries, sugar, and water in a small pot for 15 minutes, or until the berries have burst and the sauce is slightly thickened.
  2. Cool completely.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 120kcal Calories from fat 54
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 42mg2%
Carbohydrate 15g5%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

These Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies are a terrific addition to your Christmas cookie plate!  Your friends will love all the pretty red and green.  😀

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

Stay tuned for a few more awesome cookie recipes, as we count down to the final days before Christmas!

I’m entering this recipe in the Zulka Sugar’s Holiday Bake-Off Contest.  You can submit your favorite recipes too!  For a chance to win a $500 gift card to Sur la Table (yay!).  Also there’s a coupon code 🙂

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