Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 21, 2013

Chewy Cranberry Pistachio Cookie bars with White Chocolate drizzle. So easy to make, and looks great on your cookie trays this holiday!

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate cookie bar recipe

Christmas is next week. Did you hear me, NEXT WEEK!

Okay, yes I’m panicking a little bit. Hear me out.

I haven’t started wrapping presents yet. I do this to myself EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

I tell myself after purchasing that first present that “this year will be different.”  This year I will wrap as I go.

Guess how many presents I have wrapped. Yep. Zero. And of course, it’s not like when the kids were little and I can wrap in my room, lock the door and have my hubby tell them “mom has a headache.” Oh no, if I were to lock my door, the kids would be there KNOWING exactly what I was doing. They are smart like that.

Then they would stand there until I was done and want to know where the gifts were hidden.

Not that I know any of this to be true, since I’ve never actually gotten my wrapping done before Christmas Eve. Seriously, there is no worse gut wrenching angst than to tuck the kids in bed after having a big glass of rum spiked nog and knowing I still have hours of gift wrapping. It was one thing when my kids went to bed at 7:30pm on Christmas Eve. It’s another thing when we don’t tuck them in until 11pm (or later)!

So, looks like I may have to try the “fake a headache trick this weekend and see how it goes. Hopefully karma doesn’t give me a real one!

One thing I have planned ahead is my baking! I made these Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars last month, and they are amazing. Chewy, crunchy (from the nuts), sweet, tart…they truly have everything going for them! Plus, no worry about slaving in your kitchen for hours baking. That’s the joy of cookie bars. One batch. Done. BOOM!

Now, time to sign off so I can go wrap. Any good Netflix tv shows or movies you recommend? 

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate cookie bar recipe

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Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 36 bars

Chewy cranberry pistachio cookie bars drizzle with melted white chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled, smashed
  • 4 oz white chocolate, melted

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat melted butter with sugars until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla. Beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in white chocolate morsels, cranberries and pistachios.
  2. Spread dough into a greased 15x10x1 inch baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes before slicing.
  3. Once cooled, drizzle melted white chocolate over bars. Store in an airtight container for up to one week. ENJOY.
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Kathy December 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

What a great flavor combination! And I am the same way with wrapping! I wish I enjoyed it, but it is such a chore! Especially with a new kitten, a 100 pound dog and 2 little kids!
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Erin | The Emerging Foodie December 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

Yum! These look awesome. I love the flavor combo. Something about cookies in bar form makes them even more delicious! Yum. And I don’t think you’re alone in the last-minute gift-wrapping frenzy… my parents always closed the door and we knew exactly what they were doing. Too funny! Hope your headache trick goes well! :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet December 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

I have done no wrapping yet but plan to do it this evening, hopefully!! I would so like one of these bars as I wrap, you know to make the time more pleasurable!
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent December 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

These bars look delicious. Love the combination of pisatachios and cranberries.
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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness December 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

These cookie bars look deeeeelish! Pistachio, cranberry and white chocolate is such a classically good combo and I love how easy these are! I too have not started wrapping…luckily I don’t have any kids to know what’s up…yet. I hope that headache of yours goes away soon ;)

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thanks Taylor! Have a Merry Christmas!!

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life December 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I gave up on wrapping presents a couple years ago … now I just stuff them all in bags with lots of tissue paper! :) These cookie bars look amazing! I love the cranberries and pistachios together. And how fun are the triangles you cut them into?!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Oh I love the “stuff in a bag with tissue” trick!! I do it too :)

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks December 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Any good shows on Netflix? Hmm. YES! I’m not sure if you want family friendly or if anything is ok. Most of what we watch is for mature audiences. Weeds is pretty good and we just started watching The Following. It’s really good so far. And you could always do an old school show like the X Files, if you’re into that!

These cookie bars look yummy! I love pistachios. And cranberries. Great recipe, Aimee!
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