Pistachio Chocolate Drops
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Pistachio Chocolate Drops

Light green pistachio nuts and dark red dried cranberries make these chocolate drop cookies into holiday specials.

30 min
1 hr 45 min



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup pistachio nuts, toasted, chopped

1 cup sweetened dried cranberries


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. 

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add melted chocolate, eggs and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking soda. Beat until well mixed. Stir in pistachio nuts and cranberries by hand.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine powdered sugar and enough orange juice in small bowl for desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Tip #1

Toasting increases the flavor of nuts and it’s easy to do. Just spread the nuts in a single layer in a baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nuts are lightly browned.


5Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
45Sodium (mg)
13Carbohydrates (g)
<1Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  February 25, 2010

I bake several different types of cookies for my Christmas cookie buffet, and these disappear quickly. I have baked these for the last three years and they are now one of the top requested! I drizzled them with melted white chocolate instead of a sugar glaze

— says Marilyn
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