Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is a health food market around the corner from here that has bulk bins of candy, nuts, grains, and spices.  The other day, I bought several scoops of shelled pistachio nuts, and figured I would find something good to make out of them.  (Then I left them on the counter and promptly forgot about them.)  Fast forward to last night – I was re-organizing my pantry and came across a box of pistachio flavored jello pudding mix and half a bag of white chocolate chips, and remembered the pistachios sitting on the counter.   Why not make some cookies?

The pistachio flavored pudding mix gives the cookies a pretty green color, and the addition of the almond extract helps punch up the flavor.  I made about 3 dozen cookies from this recipe, portioning them out with a cookie scoop.  I really love this flavor combination – but feel free to substitute regular chocolate chips for the white chocolate, and maybe add 1/2 c. dried cherries for a Spumoni flavored cookie.

 

Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3.4 oz. box pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 c. pistachio nuts, chopped
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop the pistachios.
2.  Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3.  Melt the butter in the microwave on 60% power for 2-3 minutes.  Add the sugar and mix well.
4.  Add the pudding mix, eggs, and almond extract.  Mix well until uniform.
5.  Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry, and mix with a spatula.
 
6.  Add the nuts and chocolate chips.
7.  Using a cookie scoop, portion out even 1.5″ balls onto a silicone mat lined baking sheet.
8.  Flatten the dough balls with your fingers, gently, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes on the sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Comments

  1. Mary Richardson says:

    Hi Mika,
    Really like the look of your new blog! I’ll get in touch soon!

  2. Mika Mika says:

    Thanks Mary!

  3. Amber says:

    I made these cookies tonight. Sadly, they are not good at all! They have this weird poisonous taste, they don’t taste like pistachio or anything yummy :(

    • Mika Mika says:

      Hi Amber,
      I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you. :( Every time I make this recipe, the cookies get gobbled up and I get a bunch of requests for the recipe. What brand of pistachio pudding mix did you use? I always use Jello brand, as the store brands can sometimes have an off flavor. Also, I use the regular pistachio pudding mix (NOT sugar-free; the sugar free mixes contain artificial sweeteners, which can also give an off taste). Make sure you check the expiration date, because most pudding mixes have a limited shelf life, and if your box was expired, the dairy powders in them could be bad. You also want to make sure your pistachios are fresh. When nuts get old, the oils in them can go rancid and also give a bad taste. I hope this helps you troubleshoot and figure out what may have gone wrong!

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