Pistachio-, Choc chip- and Oats with White Chocolate and Cranberry Holiday Cookies

In less than a week we will be packing our car, locking our house and heading off to the seaside for the Easter Holidays.   It’s been a long-standing tradition in our house to take along a tin of rusks and biscuits to nibble on.  Here is what I have filled our cookie-tin with.

Holiday cookies
Pistascio-, Choc Chip- and Oats with White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies.

I only use real butter and genuine vanilla extract when I bake.  Once you have tried it you will never look back to the ordinary block of margarine  and artificial vanilla.  Remember to always buy the absolute best ingredients you can afford and can get hold of.Holiday Cookies

I have found these recipes on a few nifty pages on the net.  It didn’t take too much persuasion for me to make the following:

  1. Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies
I really enjoy the green color and the lovely aroma these cookies have!  I bought the ready shelled Pistachios from Woolies and ground them in my food processor. These greenies are light in texture and practically melt away in your mouth.  They are quite fast to make as well, which is an added advantage when you don’t want to slave the whole day for something sweet and delicious.  I got approximately 24 biscuits from this batch.

Recipe

( Adapted from Taste .com.au)

 Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of shelled pistachios (150g)
  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar (sifted)
  • 1/3 rd cup of cake flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c  and line two baking trays with baking paper or silicone sheets
  2. Place 3/4  of  pistachios in a food processor and process until finely ground
  3. Add flour and 1/2  cup of  caster sugar and pulsate a few times to mix well.  Transfer to a mixing bowl
  4. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form and gradually add the remaining caster  sugar
  5. Place heaped teaspoons of the mixture on the baking sheets and sprinkle the remaining pistachio nuts on
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.   Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely
  7. Dust with some icing sugar

  2. Choc Chip Cookies

Choc Chip Cookies
Choc Chip Cookies

O sweet joy! Crunchy, buttery cookies with melty chocolate chips!  Choc Chip Cookies extraordinaire! My favorite, any time of the day!

Recipe

I adapted the following recipe from Betty Crocker.   The original recipe made 4 dozen. I halved it so I would only get 2 dozen.

Click (here) for the original recipe

Ingredients:
  • 95 ml white sugar (1/4 cup+2 Tbsps+1 tsp)
  • 95 ml brown sugar (1/4 cup+2 Tbsps+1 tsp
  • 125 ml soft salted butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free range egg
  • 280 ml cake flour (1 cup+ 2 Tbsps)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of roughly chopped nuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line baking tray with baking paper or a silicone sheet
  2. Beat sugar, butter,vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl with an electric beater
  3. Stir flour and baking powder with a balloon whisk
  4. Add to the butter mixture and stir well until stiff dough forms
  5. Add choc chips and nuts and stir in
  6. Spoon tablespoon size dough onto baking sheet.  Place them 2 cm apart from each other
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown
  8. Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely

  3. Oats ,White Chocolate Chips and Cranberry Cookies

Oats with white choc chips and cranberries
Oats with White Choc Chips and Cranberries

These cookies are filled with the goodness of rolled oats and cranberries.  They are chunky, slightly chewy and really tasty with the sweetness of the white chocolate chips that contrast  with the tartness of the  cranberries.   This recipe makes about 24 yummy cookies.

Recipe

Adapted from taste.com.au

Ingredients:
  • 150 g of butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 free range egg (room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°c and line baking tray with baking paper or a silicone sheet
  2. Beat the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until light and creamy
  3. Stir flour and baking powder with a balloon whisk together
  4. Add the oats choc chips and cranberries and mix in
  5. Spoon tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.  Flatten slightly.   Place the cookies 2 cm apart from each other
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until light brown
  7. Remove from the oven.  Let it cool down for a few minutes before placing on a wired rack to cool down completely
Home Made Cookies
Home Made Cookies
pistachio cookie
Pistachio Cookie

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thoughtsappear
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Mmmmm…white chocolate and cranberry cookies. Yummy!

notsoskinnycook
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Thanks!

Dolly
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i lovee Pistascios … i tried to make cookies the other night and i cant determine when they are properly cooked 🙁

your cookies look awesome!

notsoskinnycook
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Hi Dolly

They are usually still a bit gooey after the 12 minutes baking time. I usually just watch out that they don’t over- brown. When you take them out leave them for 5-10 minutes minutes on your baking tray. It’s almost as if they finish the baking process there. When they have cooled enough to become crunchy(harder), only then transfer them to your wired rack. Hope this helps.

Choc Chip Uru
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These cookies are loaded with way too much deliciousness – but I willt try my best to handle it all 😉

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

notsoskinnycook
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Enjoy! I am guessing the choc chips are to your liking? 🙂

Cheers
Anneke

jenmaaninamman
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Can I come along for the car ride to nosh on your cookies? They ALL look amazing!

notsoskinnycook
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Hello there! If you are ever in our beautiful country and passing through Pretoria, give me a shout and I will personally whip you up a batch. Unfortunately all has been nommed up by kids and hubby already! Thanks for stopping by.