Pistachio Cherry Meltaway Cookies
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Today I am bringing you Pistachio Cherry Meltaway cookies. I always do things full throttle and I was on a quest for a cookie that was not only festive looking but actually tasted good too. I love meltaway cookies and thought that a pistachio version would not only taste amazing but would have the Christmas green color that I wanted. Meltaway cookies don’t have any eggs in them but are made from butter, powdered sugar, and cornstarch to create that melt in your mouth taste. Since pudding mixes already have cornstarch in them, I thought it would be the perfect component in my version of a meltaway cookie.
I experimented and made no less than four batches of these cookies trying to come up with the perfect combination for a buttery pistachio flavored cookie with bits of maraschino cherry throughout. At one point I called my husband at work and pleaded with him to stop at Costco and pick up more butter on the way home! I can hear the treadmill calling my name…
I love the flavor of maraschino cherries and the flavor goes so well with pistachio. At first I poured some of the cherry juice in with the dough for some extra flavor. Epic fail. Red cherry juice + green pistachio dough = dishwater brown. Not festive at all. Experimenting some more I found that
I thankfully could have my cherries and eat them too by simply chopping them finely and patting them dry with a paper towel before adding them to the dough.
Pistachio Cherry Meltaway Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- (optional) green food coloring
- 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped finely
With a stand mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, pudding mix, and flour. Mix until combined. The mixture may seem dry at first but will come together after beating.
Add the almond extract and green food coloring if you want the cookies with a brighter green color.
Finely chop the maraschino cherries. Using a paper towel pat the cherries removing all of the juice and excess liquid. You want to make sure you dry all of the red juice or you may turn your cookies a not so pretty color. Gently mix in the chopped cherries.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Take a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place cookie on the cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet. Once completely cooled sprinkle cookies with additional powdered sugar.
If you want more Christmas cookies to add to your plate check out these Eggnog Cookies, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, or these Orange Creamsicle Cookies .
I’m Christy, a self proclaimed foodaholic, and mother of five kids. My motto is to try everything once and I’m slowly, ever slowly learning moderation. Growing up as the youngest of ten kids we always had a lot of food around. Did I mention that I really love to eat? On any given day you can find me in the kitchen cooking with my kids with the tunes cranking! I share stories and recipes over at The Girl Who Ate Everything. Come follow me on Facebook and Pinterest.
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