Cranberry Pistachio Butter Cups

My husband is a sucker for Reeses peanut butter cups.  Don’t tell him I told you, but he has a secret stash hiding out in the garage.  In case you’re ever at our house, you can find it nestled between the mini fridge and the toolbox (not that I’ve ever snagged one, of course).  It began with a quick corral of all the individual sized cups from the kid’s Halloween loot last fall and grew from there.  No matter, because I’ve created a chocolate indulgence of my own and hid it far from little (and big) boy prying hands.  My more adult version utilizes a high quality dark chocolate paired with home spun pistachio butter and dried cranberries.   And no, you won’t find these little beauties hidden out in any old garage, so don’t even try to come knocking.

For a thoroughly adult indulgence, start out by pouring a handful of pistachio nuts into a food processor.  Turn it on and let it run for a good two to three minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.  Here’s my finished nut paste.

Add in a bit of softened butter and some confectioners sugar and pulse until incorporated.

Now, you’ll remove the pistachio mixture from the processor and add in a few dried cranberries by hand.

I realize this looks a bit like the swamp monster with chicken pox, but trust me, it’s good stuff.

Melt up your chocolate the best way you see fit.  A double boiler works well or heating it for short spurts in the microwave and stirring is an acceptable alternative.

Using a light coating of chocolate, cover the bottom of your candy paper cups.  Run a bit of chocolate along the sides as well if you (ahem) remember.

Place a generous amount of the pistachio mixture inside each cup.

I’m sure you can surmise what comes next….

Tap the baking sheet gently on the table to help flatten the chocolate out.  Let them cool completely and prepare to indulge in pure chocolate bliss.

Tip: Begin hunting for the ideal secret stash site immediately, because I guarantee these little delicacies will be in high demand.

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Cranberry Pistachio Butter Cups

Total Time: 30 min


1/2 Cup Shelled Pistachios
2 Tbsp Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 Pound High Quality Chocolate


Using a food processor, run the pistachios through until a butter forms. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
To the mixture, pulse in the softened butter and powdered sugar.
Remove from the processor and add in the cranberries by hand.
Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or by cooking chocolate for one minute in the microwave and then 20 second intervals, stirring after each increment, until melted.
Fill mini paper cups with a thin layer of chocolate and run a bit around the edges of the cups if you can.
Add in a large dollop of the pistachio mixture.
Cover with chocolate.
Let cool completely.

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30 Responses to “Cranberry Pistachio Butter Cups”

  1. 1

    teezo — June 17, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    These look delish…how many does the recipe make?

    • Julie replied: — June 17th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

      Depending on how big you make them, it should give you about 15-20 cups.

  2. 2

    anne — June 17, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    wow, what an interesting combination,they wouldn’t last long around here! anne

  3. 3

    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 17, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    Very interesting! I haven’t had pistachio and cranberry together before but I can just imagine that it is delicious! Great job on this recipe.

  4. 4

    Jenna — June 17, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Lovely! I think I remember you revealing your husband’s secret stash a while back . . .that’s so funny! =) I have a ‘secret stash’ at work in one of my drawers that I access when I’m desperate, so I know how it goes.

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    Melissa R — June 17, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Seriously mouth watering!!

  6. 6

    Laura in Cancun — June 17, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Ok, this is my new favorite recipe!

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    Kay, The Church Cook — June 17, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Too funny, Julie! My husband loves Reeses cups and yes, he hides his stash, too! This looks fabulous!!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — June 17, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    Oh my….not only do these look exceptionally easy….but I want one right now! I love the ease of spooning the chocolate over the filling in the mini cup instead of dipping…so much neater that way.

    So Friday July 1st I’ll be cruising through your area…straight up 77 on my way to Winston-Salem. I’ll wave hello!! :)

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    Jennifer Post — June 17, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    uhm, oh my gosh I love you AND hate you equally! I am going to make these RIGHT NOW and then wish I hadn’t as I finish off the whole batch by my self!!!!!!

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    Ameena — June 17, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Does your hubby like these as much as his Reese’s? They look very hiding-place worthy to me. Lovely idea!

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    Fran — June 17, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Oh dear. I have to go into seclusion now in a house with no kitchen so that I don’t find a way to make this incredible looking treat! :)

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    Mari's Cakes — June 17, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Julie, I have to say I love you so much, this recipe is absolutely, mouthwatering!!! It surpasses the reeses, although I am glad you told me were they are in case I go around the neighborhood :) This definitely goes on my to do list.

    Have a great weekend :)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 17, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    This is a crazy good idea! Pistachios never get enough love in my opinion, these are genius!

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    Monet — June 18, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I just love this! My coworker loves chocolate, and I want to make these for him soon! Thank you for sharing today…this recipe is making me want to get into the kitchen (even though it is 105 degrees right now!) You are a blessing! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    zeemaid — June 18, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    You are definitely an EVIL GENIUS. Those look purely delightful. I love PB cups too and discovered the joys of home made almond butter…. mmmmmm.

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    Anna Johnston — June 19, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    Gosh, no wonder your hubby stashes them in the garage, I would too. These look way to good to share with just anyone (but me). Loves ’em I do :)

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 20, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    what a fun combination! These wouldn’t stand a chance at my house!

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    Nuts about food — June 20, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    I made these and posted about them (minus the cranberries – great idea!) a while back and fell in love. They really are dlicious. Luckily you need a little time and patience to prepare them otherwise I would be in big trouble!

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    Rita — June 20, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    These look amazing! A Perfect treat for those Chocolate lovers.

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    Carolyn — June 20, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Okay, I just love that you know where your husband’s secret stash of Reese’s are! I also seriously love these cups, I love the combo of pistachio and cranberry. deee lish.

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 20, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    That pistachio mixture is gorgeous. What a wonderful treat!

  22. 22

    Winnie — June 22, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Mmmmm…love this idea!

  23. 23

    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — July 2, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    This is such an interesting recipe. I love pistachios, can’t wait to try this!

  24. 24

    Jen — July 6, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    You had me at swamp monster! Great idea.

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    Maranda — July 7, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    Yum!! I love the Reese’s peanut butter cups too. But I absolutely love pistachios and would take a tray full of these any day. Fantastic recipe!

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    Ruth — July 8, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    Ooh! These look so good! Pistachio and cranberry are such a good combination!

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    Matthew mmWine Horbund — July 19, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    Looks fantastic, and I love the flavor combination!

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