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Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars Recipe

Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry pistachio cookie bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 163kcal
Add a subtle touch of red and green to your holiday baking with these Cranberry Pistachio Cookie Bars!
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  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest the zest from one large orange


  • Prepare a 9”x13” baking pan by lining with parchment paper. Leave the paper long enough so you can pull up on the paper to remove the bars once baked.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter and beat until smooth. Add sugar and blend until fully incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, and then add vanilla. Blend until well incorporated.
  • While slowly mixing, add flour mixture a little at a time, and blend just until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Add cranberries, pistachios and orange zest and blend.
  • Scoop the dough into prepared pan. Add large spoonfuls of dough all over the pan, not just in one big clump. Lay a piece of plastic wrap over the clumps of dough, and then press down on the dough until the dough is evenly pressed into the pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 20-24 minutes. The dough should appear baked, have a dull finish, but does not need to be golden.
  • Allow to cool fully in the pan before removing and cutting into bars. Store bars in an airtight container up to one week.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg