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Twin Cities Live - Lemon Pistachio Cranberry Wreaths Intro Photo

Dec 15

Twin Cities Live - Lemon Pistachio Cranberry Wreaths

Elizabeth Ries' next stop on Twin Cities Live - 12 Days of Cookies is up in Coon Rapids at Something Sweet by Maddie Lu! They are making Lemon Pistachio Cranberry Wreath cookies. They are so festive and fruity, we thought they would pair great with our classic Cherry Nut Ice Cream!

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Lemon Pistachio Cranberry Wreaths

1 c all-purpose flour (plus more for work surface)
¾ c cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ c unsalted butter, softened
½ c granulated sugar
2 egg yolks, room temperature
5 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
5 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ c icing sugar
1 c pistachios, shelled and unsalted, toasted and coarsely chopped
½ c dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.

Mix in yolks, lemon zest, and vanilla.  Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 230 F. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 ½ inch round fluted cutter, cut out wreaths. Cut out centers of wreaths using a 7/8 inch round cutter.

Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until just golden, about 12 minutes.

Let cool completely on wire racks.

Stir together icing sugar and lemon juice in small bowl. Dip surface of each cookie in icing, sprinkle with pistachios and cranberries.