Cranberry Pistachio Candy Squares

A can't-miss gift from the kitchen and a lovely layered treat for any holiday occasion. Plus, 20 minutes of preparation is all you need to make eight dozen candies!

Yield

96 candies

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter or margarine
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 (3.4 ounce) box instant pistachio pudding and pie filling mix
4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
1/2 cup chopped shelled pistachios
1 (20 ounce) package vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, chopped
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Directions

Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from heat. With wire whisk, beat in 1/2 package (4 ounces) of the cream cheese until smooth. Spread in pan. Freeze until set, about 30 minutes.

In 2-quart saucepan, melt remaining 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat. Stir in evaporated milk and pudding mix until blended. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in pistachios. Carefully spread thick pudding mixture over frozen chocolate layer. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in another 2-quart saucepan, melt almond bark over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in remaining 1/2 package cream cheese and the cranberries. Pour over chilled pudding layer; spread to cover. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.

Remove candy from pan by lifting foil. Cut into 1-inch squares; remove from foil.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes Chill Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Additional Information

To save time, look for already shelled pistachio nuts. Pistachios aren't difficult to shell, but it still takes time during a busy holiday season.

Storage

Store in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (1 candy): Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 60), Total Fat 6 g (Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 45 mg; Total Carbohydrate 13 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 12 g), Protein 1 g; Exchanges: 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1

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