Christmas Colors in Your Cookies

No need to pull out the food coloring. God has already given us some pretty amazing colors in the food He created for us, so there’s no reason for us to try to mimic them with cheap – and unnecessary – imitations. For example: cranberries and pistachios, a deep magent-like red, and a lovely dark sage greenGorgeous!

And to combine them in a cookie? Genius!

I have the pleasure this year of participating in the Second Annual International Bloggers Cookie Recipe Exchange, hosted by Lori of Fake Food Free, and Andrea of Food Embrace. It’s a virtual cookie exchange, where instead of exchanging actual cookies, we exchange the recipe. I was sent 2 recipes to choose from by Mindy of The World in My Kitchen  and I picked her Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies specifically because of the gorgeous color – not to mention flavor – combination. I mean, what says Christmas more than red and green? And even better if you say it with food!

Here’s Mindy’s original recipe, adapted from Epicurious:

And here’s my version:

Aside from the chilling time, these cookies come together fairly QUICKly. And here’s the deal: you can freeze the logs for a month, so that you always have cookie dough ready at a moment’s notice! Surprise guests at Christmas time? You’ll be ready with a treat to share in no time at all!

They involve more work than a drop cookie, but they’re still pretty EASY over all. Your friends will be impressed!

Well, pistachios ain’t CHEAP, that’s for sure. I found mine at Trader Joe’s for a pretty good price ($4.99 I think for a package of shelled pistachios, the best price I could find around here). You can also occasionally find coupons for Wonderful Pistachios or Everybody’s Nuts Pistachios on our blog.

These are fairly HEALTHY cookies, as far as cookies go. They’re sweetened with honey, filled with dried fruits and nuts, and a little fiber.

Linking at Tastetastic Thursday, and…