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Cranberry Pistachio Cookies Recipe {Gluten-Free}

This gluten-free cranberry pistachio cookies recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for nutrition and healthy eating on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.

Making cookies is a joyous event any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. My cranberry pistachio cookies are gluten-free and delicious, which makes them a hit both at home and at holiday parties. They’re fun to make, and even more fun to share with loved ones!

I find that almond flour and brown rice flour are a great combination for gluten-free cookies. Making your own gluten-free baking mixes is easier than you think. For this recipe, I simply combined equal portions of the two flours. Almond flour is a nutritious one-to-one replacement for wheat flour. Per serving, it delivers six grams of protein and three grams of fiber. It also packs a plentiful source of healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals. The brown rice flour that I used is stone-milled for a very fine consistency that works well in baked goods. It also provides an extra boost of protein.

In place of vegetable oil, I used coconut oil in the recipe. Coconut oil is a healthy, plant-based alternative to butter and other oils in cooking and baking. It’s an excellent source of a medium-chain fatty acid known as lauric acid, which supports the immune system and may boost metabolism.  

The batter is very versatile, so you can get creative with your add-ins. I used whole dried cranberries for a holiday spin. Plus, cranberries are a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Pistachios lend a delightful crunch, as well as additional protein and healthy fats. I love to incorporate different nuts and dried fruits into my cookie recipes for their textures and health boost.

These gluten-free cranberry pistachio cookies travel well, which makes them a yummy gift for the holidays. Send them to family and friends and they will surely be appreciative! I store these cookies in an airtight container on the kitchen counter, and enjoy them with my family as an after-dinner treat. I hope you enjoy my recipe!

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This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.


15 Responses to “Cranberry Pistachio Cookies Recipe {Gluten-Free}”

  1. Barb

    Can I substitute the coconut oil? My husband has celiac but can’t stand anything coconut!

    • Dorothy

      They didn’t taste of coconut to me. Vegetable oil isn’t nearly as tasty or good for you, so perhaps he wouldn’t even notice? Or maybe some butter.

      I wonder about the 2x the volume of oil apple sauce substitution for this recipe….that would give them moisture too.

  2. Dorothy

    I found these cookies tasty and very Christmasy with their red and green ingredients. Instead of brown rice flour, I used some Cup 4 Cup GF baking flour. I wonder how much this changed the recipie? I hope I did not over knead it. I found the dough quite stiff, but oily, and the cookies came out a tad dry. I added a bit of almond milk to the latter ones. They also came out very white, not terribly golden at the edges. Nevertheless , they were tasty and held up to travel well. People liked the flavor.

    • Meghan Remedios

      Hi Dorothy – Thanks for letting us know about your modifications to the recipe. We’re glad that they tasted good and people enjoyed them 🙂

  3. Jeannie Elias

    GREAT recipe!!! Delicious cake like moist cookie. I used walnuts and shredded coconut instead of pistachio and cranberry for another version using what I had. Thank you i will make regularly.

  4. Heather

    Wow. These are good! I substituted cherries and chocolate chips for the cranberries and pistachios. They were crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. They reminded me of macaroons. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  5. Linda Lander

    I didn’t see a reply re: the use of 2x apple sauce for oil substitution and I’m wondering if they would taste as good and have the right texture for a cookie. Love Nuts.com nuts and just discovered you also have recipes.

    • Meghan Remedios

      Hi Linda – We’ve never tried it with the apple sauce for oil substitution, so we’re not sure how well that would work. Sorry about that. Let us know how it goes if you try it!


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