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This pudding mix Pistachio Cookies Recipe makes soft, chewy cookies with bits of crunchy pistachios, sweet dried cranberries, and a hint of almond. This easy cookie recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

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These pistachio pudding cookies have a soft and chewy dough with a hint of almond and vanilla. Crunchy bits of pistachios and pistachio pudding mix add flavor to the dough. While butter and dried cranberries add sweetness to each bite of the cookie.

This chewy pistachio cookie recipe, with its lovely pastel green color, is great for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, or Easter but a perfect cookie for any time of year.

Looking for more delicious cookies to bake? Try baking up one of these Swiss Christmas Cookies Recipes, some Coconut Cranberry Cookies.

😊 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Soft and chewy: This recipe turns out soft and chewy cookies and will remain so after they are cooled from baking. It’s the mixture of the sugars that make them soft.
  • Perfect for pistachio lovers: This recipe uses pistachio pudding for the ultimate pistachio flavor for any fan of pistachios.
  • Easy cookie recipe: These pistachio pudding cookies are simple enough for any level cook to bake.
  • Incredible flavor: Sure to be everyone’s favorite cookies!

🛒 Ingredient Notes

These pistachio cookies are made with wholesome, simple ingredients. A quick trip to the grocery store to gather the ingredients is all it takes.

flour, butter, pistachios, sugar, egg, pistachio pudding box, vanilla, cranberries dried, almond extract, karo
  • Cranberries: Use dried cranberries as opposed to fresh ones. Dried cranberries are made by partially dehydrating fresh cranberries, a process similar to making grapes into raisins. There are also reduced sugar dried cranberries to help lower calories and sugar in these cookies.
  • Pistachio pudding mix: Makes a dense, soft, and moist cookie. Be sure and buy regular pudding mix, not instant.
  • Sweetener: This recipe uses a combination of granulated sugar and corn syrup.
  • Butter and eggs: Allow each to set out to room temperature.
  • Flavoring: Vanilla extract and almond extract are combined in this recipe. Be sure and use real, not imitation, flavorings.
  • Pistachio nuts: You will want to choose a roasted and salted shelled pistachio to chop up for these cookies. Be sure they are fresh. Pistachios get chewy and stale tasting if left unsealed. Save some time and buy them already shelled, or for a more budget-friendly option, buy them in the shell and shell them yourself.

See the recipe card for a complete list and quantities of each ingredient.

🔪 How to Make Chewy Pistachio Cookies

All it takes are a few simple steps to make these cookies. Let’s look at an overview of what goes into the steps.

  1. Beat butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk or an electric mixer.
stick of butter and sugar with whisk in a bowl

2. Add the egg, vanilla, almond extract, and corn syrup to the bowl and mix well.

bowl with egg, karo,butter, sugar, vanilla

3. Next, add the flour and pudding mix and mix well.

bowl with flour added into dough

4. Last, fold in the dried cranberries and chopped pistachios.

pistachio cookies dough in a bowl

5. Place spoon-size cookie dough balls on a lightly greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Hint: Use a cookie scoop to make sure the cookies are evenly sized! This makes them look better but also bake more evenly.

pistachio cookie dough in balls on cookie tray with cranberry in the dough

6. Bake the pistachio cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes.
7. When cooked, transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

TIP: The pudding mix creates a soft green cookie. However, if you would like greener cookies, add a few drops of green food coloring when blending the butter mixture with the eggs and corn syrup.

Mix In Ideas

  • Add white chocolate chips.
  • Add dark chocolate chunks or drizzle some melted chocolate over the top of the baked cookies.
  • Pistachio cherry cookie. Swap out the dried cranberries for dried cherries.

How to Make Ahead and Freeze

Pistachio cranberry cookies are perfect for making ahead and storing in the freezer. This works great when you don’t need a full batch of cookies and wish to make just a few at a time.

  1. After you make the dough, use a cookie scoop to make evenly proportioned dough balls.
  2. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and freeze for 24 hours.
  3. After the dough balls are frozen, transfer them to a ziplock-type bag or air-tight container and store them for up to three months.
  4. When you are ready to bake, remove the amount you want to bake and place the dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let them thaw completely before baking.

How to Keep Cookies Fresh

Want to know the secret to keeping your cookies fresh while storing them? It’s a simple slice of white bread!

The reason a slice of white bread works so well to keep cookies fresh is that it contains the moisture that your home-baked treats need to stay fresh.

The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread, keeping them soft and supple like they just came out of the oven while the bread becomes stale and hard.

Keep your cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread, and they will remain fresh for days.

How to Serve These Cookies

  • Fresh baked cranberry pistachio cookies are perfect for parties and large groups!
  • Create a party cookie tray, along with other favorites such as Bourban and Brown Sugar Cookies, Easy Christmas Cookies, and Blackstrap Molasses Cookies.
  • Pair them with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, or hot tea.
  • Pistachio cranberry cookies are a great gift idea; cookies speak love! Make it extra special and easy for you by purchasing cookie gift boxes to deliver them in.

Cardboard Gift Box With Window

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Pistachio Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
This pudding mix Pistachio Cookies Recipe features a soft, chewy cookie, bits of crunchy pistachios, sweet dried cranberries, and a hint of almond. This easy cookie recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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  • ½ cup butter, Softened
  • cup sugar, White granular
  • cup corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3.4 oz pistachio pudding mix, regular pudding mix, not instant.
  • ½ cup cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, Roasted. Chop slightly. If you would like more nuts in the cookies, add another 1/3 up or so.


  • Cream butter and white sugar in a mixing bowl
    ½ cup butter, ⅓ cup sugar
  • Add egg, vanilla, almond extract, corn syrup and mix well
    ⅓ cup corn syrup, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Add flour and pudding, mix well
    2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 3.4 oz pistachio pudding mix
  • If you would like a greener cookie drip a few drops of green food coloring and mix well
  • Fold in cranberries and pistachios
    ½ cup cranberries, 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
  • Place spoon size cookie dough balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes



Optional Mix-In Ideas
  • Add 1/2 cup white chocolate chips.
  • Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or drizzle some melted chocolate over the top of the baked cookies.
  • Pistachio cherry cookie: Swap out the dried cranberries for dried cherries.
Keep The Cookies Fresh
  • Store leftover cookies with a slice of white bread in the container to keep them soft and fresh after baking.
Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 49mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Cookies
Author: Gina Dickson

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