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It's official! The holidays are here! We started decorating the house today, went to a glögg party and I "baked" the first cookies of the season. Using the term "baked" very, very loosely. My friend Debbie served these at a book group this past year and I've been badgering her for the recipe ever since. I decided they would be the cookie I'd take to the AWC Holiday Cookie Exchange, and when I called her a couple of weeks ago to remind her, she said, "Darn! I was hoping you'd forgotten about them, because I was going to make you a tin of them for Christmas!"

"But that's okay," I said. "I'm going to give these AWAY, so I'll need MORE. Plus, when would I ever refuse cookies? Never! That's when!" So she caved in and gave me the recipe, and I went grocery shopping yesterday (after cleaning and setting the table and before my pre-party NAP) and bought the ingredients. Except our local grocery store didn't have one of them, so I had to drive into Lund to the big mega-everything grocery store to get them.

SO GOOD. And SO easy! And I actually had enough that I can take some extras with me to give to the poor people who didn't sign up for the cookie exchange, AND take some to work AND still have some for us at home. They're so festive with the white, red & green!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
500 grams quality white chocolate
250 ml. dried cranberries
240 ml. unsalted shelled pistachios

Roast pistachios at 180C for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler or on low heat (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn). Stir cranberries and pistachios into melted chocolate. Pour onto foil-lined (25 x 38 cm) edged cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then break into pieces. Makes about 750 grams.

I made 2 batches, and used an extra small bag of pistachios and cranberries each, and another 100 grams of white chocolate. I had to make 72 cookies, but since this was broken into pieces like brittle, I had probably twice that. It makes a LOT of cookies! De-double-licious!
mood: happy
music: Johnny Mathis—It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


You put them into plastic glasses, cover with plastic wrap and tie with red ribbon, add tag and Voila? I am so going to steal this. Incredible. I LOVE cranberries, double that for white chocolate, and got into doing "bark" with my South Beach diet. Shhh....I didn't say the D-word. Not I, said the cat! Meeeeooowww!

Yep! It was SO easy! They had the plastic glasses at the grocery store, half-size cups that are red with gold stars on: perfect!

You have inspired me. I WILL do some of that for all the folks who give us little loaves of zucchini bread or hot chocolate mix or chocolate chip cookie mix or what have you. So cool.


Oh that looks yummy!!



From Megsie

The holidays are definitely here! We have our tree assembled and the lights are on a few branches. Yesterday we cranked up the Christmas tunes and sang along...I am actually looking forward to the season this big papers due in mid-December :) Thanks for the recipe...yum!

Re: From Megsie

We won't get the tree until this weekend (I hope), but we've got the house halfway done :)

Further reinforcing the idea that the universe MEANT for us to be friends. I'm totally making these! They look AWESOME. Do you think I can just sprinkle the stuff on top? I like the idea of having all the red and green on the white background, like a tasty painting.

No no, mix it in! You break them in pieces and you see all the pretty red & green!

Those do look good and easy! I might try them too. Thanks.

Super simple and super good!

Yum they look good!
Now I am craving chocolat.. (and trust me, that doesn't happen very often!:))

It's not REALLY chocolate... :D

Oh yumyumyum! That sounds so deliciousdelectabledivine!!!

And easy! Did I mention how easy they were??



From Megsie

I can't find an email button on your site, and I know, I don't have one yet either. So, a comment this will have to be....

Thank you so much for doing my little survey. I really appreciate all of your thoughtful and insightful answers. I am still a little nauseated about this whole "having a blog" thing. I am still in over my head both with posting and with the technology part. You have been so encouraging and I so appreciate it! Who knew I would end up having a friend in SWEDEN?! I am so glad that I do.

Re: From Megsie

:) My email address is found by clicking on the INFO link in my header. And don't worry! We all went through the same thing when we were new to blogging...we know exactly what you are going through!

'Tis me in another jacket . . .(sherry)

These look scrumptious! Is that little champagne glasses they are packaged in? Simply marvelous. I've noted the recipe. Yum. yum. YUM!

OMG! Christmas IS coming.

Well, the shelled pistachios were so expensive when I finally found them that I went with cashews and Spanish peanuts. And I've also got some dark chocolate because when I was describing this, someone said, Eeuuwww, I don't really like white chocolate. So dark choc for the second batch. I'm using a double boiler for the first time in just YEARS. I'll let you know how they turn out! Thanks for this inspiration. I was ahead of you one addressing Christmas cards, but now I'm woefully behind! I'm only doing 25, too, so you'd THINK...

I hope the nuts you got weren't SALTED. :P My mom said the same thing about white chocolate, so I told her to make hers with dark, but I don't know if she did or not. What's nice about the white is how nicely it shows off the red and green of the cranberries and pistachios: very Christmassy!

Oh dear, of course they were salted. What will that do? Aren't pistachios salted?

Well, it will certainly change the whole taste! I don't know how good it will be, but you will have to eat them and see. The shelled pistachios are not salted (as far as I know, only the ones in the shells usually are)...I guess I should specify that in the recipe.

Well, it was already done, and the taste reminds us of crackers you can buy in India. They are called "salt-sweet" and have both tastes on the cracker. If you are expecting it, it isn't a bad taste, just different. I could NOT find decorated plastic glasses. No biggie. I've got 17 cups filled and am in the process of covering and putting ribbon on. It's been fun!

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