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 min
  • total time 4 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 96

Ingredients

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.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

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