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Pistachio, Cranberry and Cardamom Shortbread | Culinary Cool

Pistachio, Cranberry and Cardamom Shortbread

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cardamom, Cranberry, Pistachio
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill 1 hour


  • 1 cup unsalted shelled raw pistachios
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Pulse pistachios in a food processor until finely ground, about 20-30 seconds.
  • Add flour, sugar, butter, salt, cardamom and vanilla. Pulse until the mixture is the consistency of cornmeal. With the machine still running, drizzle in 2 tbsp of cream. This will result in a crumbly dough. Add in the cranberries and pulse until just combined; about 5-10 seconds max. **You do not want to over process the dough.
  • Using a spatula, transfer the dough to a gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag. Put the bag on a flat surface, leaving the top open and roll the dough into a 9 x 10 inch rectangle that’s 1/4 inch thick. As you roll, turn the bag occasionally and lift the plastic from the dough so it doesn't cause creases. When you get the right size and thickness, seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible, and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hours, or for up to 2 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put the plastic bag on a cutting board and slit it open. Turn the firm dough out onto the board (discard the bag) and using a ruler as a guide and a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 and 1/2-inch squares. Transfer the squares to baking sheets lined with silicon mats or parchment, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. The edges should be very lightly brown. Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely. Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.