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PISTACHIO CHERRY MELTAWAY COOKIES

The perfect Christmas cookie! Soft pistachio-colored cookies studded with cherries that just melt in your mouth.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 3.4-oz package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1-2/3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped small and dried with paper towel
  • Confectioner's sugar

Directions

  1. Cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add pudding and flour and continue mixing until combined. Add almond extract and a few drops of green food coloring (makes them more festive!) and continue mixing until blended.
  2. Add chopped nuts and cherries and stir gently with spoon.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with [easyazon_link identifier="B00D461W5E" locale="US" tag="2coomam-20" popups="n"]silpat[/easyazon_link] (I love these from Amazon & they're a great price) or parchment paper.
  5. Roll dough into 24 1" balls and place on cookie sheet. Press down slightly. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets placed on wire racks.
  6. To finish, sprinkle generously with confectioner's sugar. Store in airtight cookie tin.