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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pistachio Pudding Cookies

Posted By Kristan On March 6, 2013 @ 10:45 pm In Cookies | 36 Comments

Today Jon David brought a box of 50 Jack Links Beef Sticks home from school.

The twelve year old in me wants to snicker at the phrase “beef sticks”, but the mom in me knows that this situation is not so funny.

I don’t know what has happened with school fundraisers lately, but catalogs and order forms are a thing of the past, which is a shame.  They were so easy to “lose”, or worst case, you’d order a tin of peppermint patties or a roll of wrapping paper and get on with your life.

But NOW my son comes home with a permission slip asking if he can bring home a $50 box of Beef Sticks, which he is NOT allowed to bring back to the school.  They will not accept uneaten meat, only money, meaning that we have to make sure it all gets sold.

The problem with this, obviously, is that I only know about FOUR real life people.  So best case scenario, I’m spending $46 on dried up meat logs.

I’m sure that some of you are strong enough to forgo the signing of the Beef Stick Permission Slip, but the problem with that is the kids that sell a box get to go to an ice cream party.  So of course, I envision my poor son sitting in class doing arithmetic with a lonely tear trailing down his cheek while all his classmates cheer and dive headfirst into banana splits.

For the record, I don’t even know if arithmetic is a thing anymore, but it always exists in my hypothetical torture scenarios.  Always.

Our neighbors have several kids, so I sent Jon David over there, hoping they’d buy like 5 so that everyone could have an afternoon snack.  But as it turns out, Jon David managed to pull their 7 year old aside and talk him into giving up the $20 he’d been saving, for 20 Beef Sticks.  But before Jon David could high-tale it out of there, the dad got wind of what was happening and made my son refund the transaction.

Nothing like your son trying to rip off the neighbor children to make you hold your head high while checking the mail.


I officially hate beef jerky.  The end.

Let’s talk about cookies!!

I absolutely love pistachios, and I happened to have a box of pistachio pudding that was about to expire (can instant pudding powder REEEEALLLY expire?) so I decided to try it in some cookies.

I always think that cranberries are a good pairing with pistachios, so I decided to throw some of them in, too.

Don’t they look yumm-eh???

These cookies are nice and soft.  The pistachios are a great addition and I loved the tartness of the dried cranberries.

Give them a whirl!!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pistachio Pudding Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, softened slightly
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about a minute. Beat in the pudding mix, then set the speed to low and mix in eggs and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour mixture and mix until fully mixed in. Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries and pistachios.
  3. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with your hand. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden brown.

Anyone want fifty pieces of beef jerky?


Okay then.

Have a happy Thursday!!

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