Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Tea Cookies

Tuesday, December 27, 2011



Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Tea Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup finely ground salted toasted pistachios
3/4 cup sweetened dried cherries
4 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups all purpose flour
Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until creamy - about 1 minute.  Beat in baking soda, vanilla and cinnamon until combined.  Beat in pistachios, cherries, white chocolate and flour until a crumbly dough forms.

Take tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls; place on cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown and crisp.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.
Dip cookies into confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Makes 3 dozen cookies
22 comments on "Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Tea Cookies"
  1. Congratulations on joining the 21st century!!!

    (I'm the last person who should say that...I have a cellphone that I look at every week or so with no data plan...but I also have an iphone in the house that I use for everything but the phone and I LOVE IT. Enjoy! But blogging from it can wreak havoc with your formatting, so be careful.)

    Great cookies, of course.

  2. I'm reading this blog post and commenting on it... from my high tech phone. Yay for phones!

    This recipe looks amazing, but pistachios trip me up every time. I bought some for a recipe last week and removed the shells, but I found the papery skin still on them to be a problem. Did I buy the wrong kind of pistaschios?

  3. Congrats on your Iphone..don't get too addicted! Blogging via phone is fun. You'll be used to it in now time..particularly seeing as you used to text through your pockets...hahaha is that even possible? How?!

    As for your cookies, I would definitely be addicted to these! White chocolate, nuts and dried fruit = heaven

  4. I got my first phone a mere 4 years ago. I was very resistant to getting a phone and when I got one, it was very basic. Then my husband got an Android and I couldn't stop thinking about how cool some of the apps were. I was determined to have an Android of my own. Husband bought me the iPhone for my birthday instead. Yeah. It's a little addictive. I want an Ipad now.

    Uh oh. I thought I knew what recipe I was taking to the NYE party this weekend, but now I'm not so sure. These cookies are making me change my mind yet again!

  5. I don't have the iPhone.. yet. I have to wait until September since my provider did away with early upgrades.

    Enjoy your new toy!! =)

  6. These look just lovely to serve at tea time!

  7. Yum they look delicious! With a cup of tea or hot chocolate, in front of the fireplace, so perfect! I hopt you are having a nice Christmas holiday!

  8. I still have a plain old data plan for me! :) My favorite kind of tea is Yogi Egyptian Licorice. SO good!

  9. Cool! I love the flavor twist from the traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies. The cherry/pistachio/white choc combo sounds so good!

  10. I have an Android, but I totally respect iPhone users! Yay for making the transition. You'll never be able to go back after this. :P

    These cookies look so delicious! the perfect snack to munch on...a gazillion times a day.

  11. Guess what, Girlfriend? I just got an iPhone as well! My old cell phone was about 7 years old and I could barely text on it (that was just because I didn't really know how--I'm old). ;)
    But I AM having fun with my new iPhone and learning the ropes of all it has to offer. I feel the same as you--can't believe I can blog on it or do whatever I want!
    Text me, Girl! ;)
    The cookies look great!
    And Happy New Year!

  12. Texting from your pocket? You are amazing! I don't think anyone over a certain age (ahem..I'm not saying what that age is) can text worth a darn. That said, my iPhone is like another appendage--I can set my DVR with it! Congrats on the new phone.

    Btw, your cookies look outstanding! :)

  13. no not the last - i don't have an i-phone either.

    cookies look good but i'm not a pistacio fan so could i use a different type of nut. any thoughts on what might well? walnuts, almonds or pecans ....

  14. These look so yummy, and the photos are GORGEOUS!

    Congrats on coming over to the dark side...I finally got an iPhone in June, and don't know how I lived without it!

    - Maggie

  15. I think I am the last person to get a cool phone ... all my phone can do is call or text. I do love that my phone has never (in about 6 years) lost reception. I can be in an underground parking lot, in the mountains, wherever, and my phone always has reception. I only need to charge it once every week or two as well, which I like. But, I can't check email on it :-(

  16. I've never made tea cookies before but should change that - these look great!

    I'm addicted to the internet on my phone :)

  17. those add-ins are precisely what i'd pick, and they're festive too--bravo!

  18. Hi Emily,

    Your version looks great! I didn't make any toffee at all in 2011, so maybe I'll make some for Valentine's Day 2012. Anyway, happy New Year! Also, I don't have an iPhone. I have an iPad2 and a really, REALLY cheap phone that I'm embarrassed to pull out of my purse. It talks to me like I'm an urban street kid "Yo, time to top up!?. Sorry for rambling.

  19. I'm new to your blog, but i have become addicted to reading it. I came across it looking for a banana muffin recipe...which i found on your blog and it was to die for iphones, they drive me insane...i am lagging on the technology favorite tea is earl yummy.

  20. I am totally still rocking my 5 year old Motorola razor ... I am almost wishing it would call it quits so I could get a new phone though.

    TEA! I don't think I could pick a favourite but I adore ginger peach. I was just in London though and tried some fantastic Twinings selections: Green tea with apple and pear, and their holiday spice tea. I love the neverending tea options :)

  21. I am so making these next Christmas! They look lovely and I love the flavors here. Yum!