Cranberry-Pistachio Candy Squares

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!

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

4:10

Hrs:Mins

Makes

96

candies

1
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1
cup butter or margarine
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup evaporated milk
1
box (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding and pie filling mix
4
cups powdered sugar
1/2
cup chopped shelled pistachios
1
package (20 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, chopped
3/4
cup sweetened dried cranberries
  1. Line 13x9-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 oz) of the cream cheese until smooth. Spread in pan. Freeze until set, about 30 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove candy from pan by lifting foil. Cut into 1-inch squares; remove from foil. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 96 candies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Tip
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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Candy)
  • Calories 110
    • (Calories from Fat 60),
  • Total Fat 6g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,),
  • Cholesterol 10mg;
  • Sodium 45mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 12g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 ;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.