We are in the thick of the holiday season, and it’s time to finalize your dessert spread! Whether you’re spending time with friends, family, or even by yourself, a tray of cookies and a warm drink are holiday necessities. So, for the next four weeks I am going to be providing some locally inspired recipes to get you all ready for the holidays!
My name is Kat Davis. I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the creator behind www.ideatthatfood.com. If you’re a subscriber to Edible Baja Arizona’s Bocaditos newsletter, you may be familiar with several of my exclusive recipes that are featured there. If you’re not a Bocaditos subscriber… you should be! I’m so excited to share these treats, which have been inspired by the flavors found in Baja Arizona.
To start this series I have a recipe for Red and Green Cookies that bring the colors of the holidays to your plate. These fluffy almond-scented cookies are studded with red cranberries and green pistachios. While cranberries are generally found in the Northeast, pistachios are grown just 80 miles east of Tucson, in Wilcox, Arizona. Robbs Family Farm sells a variety of flavored, roasted pistachios (the Hickory-Mesquite flavor is divine) at Tucson farmers’ markets, but for these cookies we’re going with their roasted, unsalted pistachios.
Pistachios aren’t just known for their mildly sweet flavor—they’re also quite the nutritious nut. The mineral-rich Arizona soil infuses these small green nuts with important dietary minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc, and copper. Even though it’s the holiday season, we still want to feel our best, right? Red and Green Cookies are lightly sweetened with maple syrup and practically melt in your mouth. When these cookies are done, they are still white, but you should see them just beginning to brown around the bottom edges. Be sure not to over bake them!
Kat Davis is a health educator, recipe developer, and nutritional therapy student. When she’s not soaking up the sunshine, she’s cooking for her blog www.ideatthatfood.com.