Chocolate Chunk and Pistachio Cookies

by katerina on February 7, 2012

Pistachio Cookies

Last week, out for dinner at a family restaurant I enjoyed a little cup of the complimentary dessert – spumoni ice cream. Instantly I recalled the childhood pleasure of the contrasting but complimentary flavours of pistachio, chocolate and vanilla all rolled together into stripes so perfect that Martha Stewart would be proud. I spooned precise bites in an attempt to get a bit of each kind in every mouthful, and wondered why I don’t put pistachio, chocolate and vanilla together in recipes more often?

Pistachio Chocolate Cookies

This chocolate and pistachio cookie recipe was the simplest way I could think of to incorporate that bite variety and color contrast. By using freshly shaved or chunked chocolate the cookies are freckled with varying amounts of cocoa while the occasional green nut adds crunch and diversity. Not exactly perfect stripes, but a little bit of everything in each bite. Be warned, you will have trouble eating just one.

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Chocolate Chunk and Pistachio Cookies

(36 cookies)

1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 cup pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped

Preheat your oven to 375F. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large bowl and beat with a mixer or wooden spoon. Once well combined beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Fold in the nuts and chocolate.

Drop spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 minutes | Total Time:40 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 140

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley Peacock February 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Looking forward to trying this recipe for the Chocolate Chunk and Pistachio Cookies. My grandchildren love chocolate chip cookies and also pictachios so these should go over big, even with grandpa!


katerina February 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

@Shirley – it went over well with my big “kid” (aka husband)


Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Those cookies are looking really good!


STELLA FIMBO July 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

Thanks for a great Cookie recipe & vivid pictures !!
Please tell me where I can find the sturdy cleaver, that is in the background of the picture !!

July 15 2012


katerina July 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

Stella – It’s a shun cleaver from William Sonoma. (It was part of our wedding registry.)


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