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White Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies

For my birthday last month, my sister gave me How to Be a Domestic Goddess. After reading through it for the past month, I finally dove in and made something today. These cookies intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted cookies with white chocolate and pistachios, much less made them. I just happened to have some pistachios I bought for some recipe I’ve already lost track of, so I thought these would be a good place to start on my very long path to domestic goddess-ism.

A good thing to know before starting this recipe is what “scant” means. Apparently, it means just barely. So, a scant cup of something is not quite a cup. Okay, we move on. But be warned that my use of the word scant in this post is not, well, scant.

As cookies go, these are pretty straightforward. Beat together a scant 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 7 tablespoons of sugar, and a scant 1/2 cup of brown sugar (I used light). Add to this mixture 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and an egg. Next, add 1 cup of AP flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Next, you’ll need a scant (last time, I promise) 1/2 cup of ground pistachios. For me, that meant I had to dig around to find my Kitchen Aid mini chopper. Sadly, it was still packed from our move earlier this year. The shame. Anyway, I found it, cleaned it up, and ground up some pistachios. Mix this into the dough. Stir in 4 ounces of whole pistachios and 4 ounces of white chocolate that has been chopped.

Form the dough into balls and place on lined baking sheets. Be warned that these cookies spread a good bit, so leave ample space between them. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until done. Cool on pans for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

These cookies are quite unique. I may have gone a tad heavy with my butter measurement. Cut that back a bit, and these would be pretty close to perfect. These aren’t the prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen, but the taste more than makes up for that.

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    14 Comments on “White Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies”

  1. I have been thinking to myself that white chocolate and pistachios would be a really good combo! Yum!

  2. I’ve got the Domestic Goddess book too but I haven’t tried these yet. I failed horribly on the chocolate macarons, but that was my fault, not the book’s… what else is new?

  3. White chocolate goes extremely well with nuts. Looks like a great recipe.

  4. I love the combo of pistachio and white chocolate.

  5. oh my. looks delicious. pistachios are my favorite nut! 🙂

  6. They look wonderful! At Christmas I actually make a white chocolate/pistachio cookie and I find the combination amazing!

  7. I’ve never tried chocolate/pistachio cookies either, but yours look divine. I used to have the DG book but I guess I had a very early printing because a lot of the conversions from the metric system were waaaaay off. I thought it was just me until I read on Amazon that other people were having the same problem. Maybe it’s time to buy a newer printing!

  8. These sound great! We have wonderful pistacchios in Sicily and I use them in pasta sauces but haven’t baked with them yet.

  9. These cookies sound lovely! I’ve been looking at getting HtBaDG… overall do you think it was a good purchase?

  10. So far so good, Gilly. This is the first recipe I made from it, but there are a ton of things I want to try. I would recommend it.

  11. Wow, what a great pair! Can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  12. yum!!!!!! if you have any leftover, you should make ice cream sandwiches with them with pistacho or vanilla bean ice cream… mmmmm

  13. Ice cream sandwiches? What a wonderful idea!

  14. These look great. Am just about to make them, with a few dried cranberries in the mix!

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