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

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!

Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies | Baking a Moment

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Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Chill Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 37 mins
 

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.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry pistachio cream cheese thumbprint cookies, cranberry pistachio thumbprints
Servings: 42
Calories: 132 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  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.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until completely combined.
  5. Mix in the flour and refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
  6. Scoop the chilled dough into 1 tablespoon balls, and roll between your palms.
  7. Dredge the balls in the egg white, and roll in chopped pistachios to coat.
  8. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and use a ¼ teaspoon measure to press a deep well into the center of each ball.

  9. Fill the well with a small amount of the cooled cranberry mixture, and bake for 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Pistachio Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.