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Cherry Pistachio Snowball Cookies

Join me on Monday, December 14th for The Kitchen 2 Kitchen Christmas Cookie-Thon. The TODAY Show with Hoda & Jenna will kick off the Cookie-Thon on their 10am hour with several bakers. Make sure to tune in to the 4th hour of The TODAY Show with Hoda & Jenna. I'll be one of the featured bakers on their virtual wall kicking off this festive morning of baking and raising money for Operation Yellow Ribbon.

Cherry Pistachio Snowball Cookies

(3 dozen)

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter

1 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling cookies

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon almond extract

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups chopped pistachios (unsalted and shelled)

1/4 cup chopped dried tart cherries

1/4 cup drained, stemmed and chopped maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract.

Add flour, salt and pistachios to the mixture and gently mix until thoroughly combined. Then fold in cherries. Don’t overmix the dough.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1-inch ball and place on baking sheet, keeping at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then roll each ball in powdered sugar. Let balls completely cool, then roll one more time in powdered sugar.

Be sure to tune in on Monday, December 14th at 11am (EST) for the Cookie-Thon and 10am (EST) to The TODAY Show with Hoda & Jenna.

There will be a great giveaway, so bake alongside us and make sure to tag #xmascookiethon. For all the giveaway details, be sure to check out the Instagram page @kitchen2kitchenshow.

Be sure to check us out on Instagram: @christmasflix, @nj_on_air, @kitchen2kitchenshow, @jessica_dambra @dishitgirldina @cmspiceculture @ginaferwerda

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The Kitchen 2 Kitchen Christmas Cookie-Thon is a live marathon of baking, featuring celebrities, chefs, and influencers. The goal is to make 10,000 cookies and raise money to support Operation Yellow Ribbon. The Cookie-Thon is an extension of the daytime talk show, Kitchen 2 Kitchen, hosted by Jessica D’Ambra, Dina Deleasa-Gonsar, and Chetna Macwan, which airs on NJ on Air, ChristmasFlix and on TV in New Jersey and New York. The Cookie-Thon is being produced by On Air Media, a streaming TV and television production company. The Cookie-Thon production is 100-percent volunteer and all money raised goes directly to Operation Yellow Ribbon.

HOST OF COOKIE-THON: Jessica D’Ambra is a mom, wife, home baker, TV host and entrepreneur. She is the co-host of the talk show Kitchen 2 Kitchen, as well as the Host of two baking shows, Christmas At Home and Jessica’s Test Kitchen. Jessica has been on the Rachael Ray Show, and can also been seen doing local baking segments on ABC 6 Philly, News 12 New Jersey, News 12 Plus, and the CW15.

HOW TO WATCH: You can watch the Cookie-Thon starting at 11am (EST) on ChristmasFlix, available on Roku, You can also watch on NJ on Air, available in the app store on your phone or tablet, on Roku, and at Links to the channels/apps are below: ChristmasFlix: ChristmasFlix Roku Channel: NJ on Air: NJ on Air iOS App: NJ on Air Android App: NJ on Air Roku App:

ABOUT OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON: Operation Yellow Ribbon is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit that is registered with the state of New Jersey. It is a volunteer-driven organization that supports the United States Military forces serving in the Middle East including Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization collects donated supplies and goodies to send to our brave heroes and organizes local homecoming events for Veterans. You can learn more about Operation Yellow Ribbon at

HOW TO DONATE: Donations can be made directly to Operation Yellow Ribbon via PayPal and Venmo. You can find the donation information here:

ABOUT ON AIR MEDIA: On Air Media is a leader in streaming TV and producer of original TV shows. ChristmasFlix provides original holiday programming as well as classic Christmas movies. NJ on Air is a channel that provides local TV programming for New Jersey, a state that does not have its own TV market.


Lidia Bastianich (TV Host, Author & Restauranteur)

Jessica D’Ambra (Kitchen 2 Kitchen Host)

Dina Deleasa-Gonsar (Dish It Girl & Kitchen 2 Kitchen Host)

Chetna Macwan (Chef & Kitchen 2 Kitchen Host)

Cameron Mathison (Home & Family Host)

John Kanell (Preppy Kitchen)

Danica McKeller (Hallmark)

Jen Lilley (Hallmark)

Joan Lunden (Former GMA Anchor)

Tammy Murphy (First Lady of New Jersey)

Paul Greene (Hallmark)

Andrea Barber (Fuller House)

Andrew Walker (Hallmark)

Kathy Wakile (Real Housewives of New Jersey)

Bobbie Lloyd (Magnolia Bakery)

Rosella Rago (Cooking With Nonna)

Dave Silver (Operation Yellow Ribbon)

Al DiBartolo (Food Network)

Gina Ferwerda (Nom News, Cookbook Author) Jesse Jones (Chef)

Leah Rocketto (Woman’s Day Magazine)

Suki (NYC News Anchor)

Hetal Vasavada(Milk & Cardamom)

Jerrod Blandino (Too Faced Cosmetics)

Anthony Michael Contrino (Host of "Saucy" on TODAY Digital)

Alexis Ofchinick (Amici Bakery)

Cara Di Falco (Cara’s Cucina)

Sarena Shasteen (Bob’s Red Mill)

Lisa Marie Falbo (NY Giants Radio)

Tina Zaccardi (Winner, The Great American Baker)

Julie Hartigan (Cooking with Julie)

Leigh Ann Chatagnier (My Diary of Us)

Beth Nydick (Author, Clean Cocktails)

Erin Palinski-Wade (Dietitian and Diabetes Expert)

Mandy Merriman (Baking with Blondie)

Rene Gonzalez (Bambino Chef)

Diane Henderiks (Host of Fresh to Frozen and Cack)


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