1 ¼ cups dried cranberries
⅓ cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 cups all-purpose ﬂour (or whole white wheat ﬂour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup mashed ripe fresh avocado
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
⅔ cup shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon low-fat milk
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small pan. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the orange peel, and let stand until ready to use. Sift together the ﬂour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- Combine the avocado, lemon juice, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat for 1 minute until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the avocado mixture, beating well until blended. Add the vanilla and beat until smooth. With the beater at medium speed, add the ﬂour mixture, one cup at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Beat until blended.
- Add the cranberry-orange mixture and the pistachio nuts by hand, blending well.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly ﬂoured board. Divide the mixture in half. Roll each half on the board until lightly coated with ﬂour and form into logs, ½ -inch thick and 4-inches wide. Brush the top of each log with milk.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the logs to the baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300° F. Remove the logs from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool for 20 minutes.
- Slice each log into ½ -inch thick slices. Place the cooling rack on a cookie sheet and arrange some slices on it, cut side up. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn each cookie over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Repeat the process with the remaining slices. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Tip: ¼ cup mashed avocado is equivalent to approximately ¼ of a large avocado. Use the remaining avocado for other recipes, or mash and store it in the freezer for future baking.
Recipe and photo © courtesy of California Avocado Commission