Dried cranberries and pistachios add festive color and excellent flavor to a traditional sable cookie. Don’t skip the coating of sparkling sugar on the outside. It is really the perfect finishing touch! The slice and bake method is a huge plus, since you can have a log of the dough waiting in the freezer, ready for any holiday cookie emergency.

Cranberry Pistachio Sables

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Sables


    For the cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • For decorating:
  • 3/4 cup coarse sparkling sugar
  • 1 large egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water


  1. In bowl of electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in egg yolks one at a time, and vanilla extract. With mixer on low speed, add flour and salt until incorporated and a thick dough forms. Mix in cranberries and pistachios on low speed just until evenly incorporated.
  2. Gather dough together and split into two even portions. Transfer each to a piece of parchment paper. Form into log about 1 3/4-inches in diameter. Roll dough tightly in parchment paper and twist the ends to seal. Transfer dough logs to freezer and chill until very firm, at least 2-3 hours.
  3. To bake, preheat oven to 350?F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. On piece of wax or parchment paper, pour a line of turbinado sugar for coating dough log. In small bowl, combine egg white and water. Remove dough from freezer, brush lightly with egg wash, and roll in turbinado sugar pressing gently to adhere. Transfer dough to cutting board and slice with a sharp knife into rounds just less than 1/2-inch thick. Place dough rounds on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake until edges are light golden and cookies are just set, 14-15 minutes total. Let cool on baking sheets briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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8 thoughts on “Cranberry Pistachio Sables

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  1. Janet Sandman said:

    What is Turbinado sugar?

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Janet – Turbinado sugar is another name for “raw sugar” – you can find it in most grocery stores alongside the regular granulated sugar. It is usually larger crystals and has a bit of a tan coloring to it. Happy baking!

  2. Marrisa Anderson said:

    Amazing taste!

  3. Cass said:

    I think these look amazing. I do have a quick question. Half my family is allergic to pistachios (well all tree nuts actually!) do you know if this would be good with peanuts? I like the idea of a crunch in them. I often struggle with what to replace tree nuts with and sometimes it’s a disaster when I do replace them as I have never tried them!

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Cass – We’ve not tried to substitute any other nuts besides pistachios in these cookies, but we’re betting you can swap out any mix-ins you desire and it will turn out just fine. Let us know what you end up doing, and how it turns out. Enjoy!

    • Madhavi said:

      You can try substituting melon seeds…

  4. Sissy said:

    It seems to me that based on texture that sunflower seeds would probably substitute well.

  5. Autumn Alleman said:

    These are amazing!!!! I decided to give these a try and am not sorry. They are easy to make and very delicious.