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Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Cranberry and Pistachio Brownie Bites

These bite-size chocolate brownies are packed with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios for tangy sweetness and the perfect amount of crunch.

Coastal Living DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Chill: 8 Hours


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted, unsalted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick aluminum foil.

2. Pour water to a depth of 1 inch into bottom of a double boiler over medium heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer; place butter, chocolate, and coffee in top of double boiler over simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted. Remove from heat, and let cool.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs on low speed. Add next 4 ingredients; beat until blended. Stir in chocolate mixture; fold in flour. Stir in pistachios and cranberries. Pour into prepared baking pan, spreading batter evenly.

4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours or overnight. Cut brownies into 36 (1 1/4-inch) squares.


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