Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If ever there was a week for big ole cookies, it would be this week.

These are “Heck yes, the weekend is coming!” cookies. These are also “I spent the last 48 hours fighting with my computer and my web host and now I want to swan dive into a giant pile of cookies and do the backstroke, Scrooge McDuck-style” cookies.

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There is nothing more boring than listening to other people complain about technology, so the short version is that I accidentally downloaded some malware onto my computer a few nights ago. (PSA: cnet.com is no longer a trustworthy download source. Steer clear!) Everything is okay now—KNOCK ON A GIANT PIECE OF WOOD—but I spent hours running different recovery programs and imagining worst-case scenarios and gnawing on my fingernails.

Then the next morning, I found out that SugarHero was down because apparently I’m a giant memory hog. (If I had a velvet settee, I would dramatically fling myself across it at this point in the story.) Again, everything is fine now, but it took over 12 hours to make the necessary changes and get things sorted, and the whole time I was a wreck. I know it’s “just” a food blog, but it was still really stressful. Unlike most of my fellow bloggers, I didn’t get into food blogging because I had a burning passion for managing website hosting (ha) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for less drama and more cookies in my near future.

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Speaking of cookies, you should make these. Immediately. Well, first you should track down some pistachio paste, and then you should make these, because they’re amazing and therapeutic and I’m pretty sure they also helped remove some malware from my computer.

They’re a relative of the plain chocolate chip cookie, but they have both pistachio paste and whole roasted pistachios in the dough, so they have a fantastically nutty flavor, along with big pockets of melted chocolate chunks. I shared them with some friends who then proceeded to Facebook-harass me until I coughed up the recipe, which in this digital age, is pretty much the highest compliment a recipe can receive.

Do it! Make them! Backstroke in them! You won’t be sorry.

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P.S. If you’re into chocolate-pistachio cookies, and I sincerely hope you are, you might also enjoy these sandwich cookies I made earlier this year:

Chocolate Pistachio Sandwich Cookies | SugarHero.com

Recipe Notes: I used Love n’ Bake pistachio paste for this recipe. It’s on Amazon but it’s a little pricey there. It can also be found at some grocery stores or at places like Cost Plus World Market, and I’ve also seen it at cake supply stores and gourmet food stores in my area. Other pistachio pastes, like the one King Arthur Flour sells, will also work. There are recipes for making your own online, but I haven’t tried it in this recipe so I can’t say how homemade pistachio paste would affect the cookie’s texture.

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Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies
yield: 18-20 cookies

4 oz butter, at room temperature
4.5 oz (1/2 cup) pistachio paste
2.33 oz (1/3 cup) granulated sugar
3.75 oz (1/2 cup) packed brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
6.75 oz (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz (1 cup) coarsely chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios

Prepare the dough at least a few hours in advance. Combine the butter, pistachio paste, and both sugars in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream on medium speed until fluffy, for 1-2 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix on medium until well-blended. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, then add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and mix on slow speed until the flour is almost entirely incorporated. Stop the mixer and finish mixing by hand, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl well. Add the chocolate chunks and pistachios and stir them in.

Scrape the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and wrap it tightly. Chill it for at least a few hours (overnight is even better).

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line several baking sheets with parchment. (I prefer pans with a dark finish for these.) Scoop the dough into balls, using about 2 tbsp dough per ball. You should get about 18-20 cookies. Bake at 350 F for 9-10 minutes, until they’re puffed and have lost some of their raw shine–they should still look a little underdone, however. Let them cool on the baking sheets, then enjoy!


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32 Responses to Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  1. Johlene says:

    Good morning from the other side of the world.
    I´m glad you got sort out your technical stuff,
    I´ve had numerous problems since starting my blog so I can totally relate to what you are saying!!
    These cookies look scrumptious, I´ll have me one (or 2) to accompany my morning coffee!
    Have a great (stress free) weekend :-)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Johlene! Computer problems are the WORST. It’s seriously one of the first things I can’t wait to outsource for the blog! I can’t say I’m glad you’ve dealt with the same thing (I wouldn’t wish it on anyone) but I do appreciate the sympathy! I gave myself a computer/email break for a day afterward and it felt amazing. Hope your weekend was great!

  2. JUST a food blog? This is a virtual recipe book, a place for story telling, an awesome visual and spiritual representation of you as a human being and the knowledge and joy you have to share! So I’m pretty glad you saved it! Coz it’s, like, important.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Aw Sarah, thank you so much! I’m sending you a virtual fist-bump and–wait, what’s that?–yeah, I’m turning it into a virtual hug now.

  3. Ooo. I hope I never have to go through that, but if I do, I certainly will take your advice and backstroke through a pile of chocolate chip pistachio cookies. It’s good advice.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Seriously, if you do ever have to go through it, drop me a line and I will be the person you can commiserate with, because heaven knows tech problems require prodigious whining and venting. And I’ll send you some restorative cookies too!

  4. Faye says:

    Now that’s totally a backstroke I can do! These cookies look heavenly! Guess I’m buying pistachios this weekend.

  5. Danguole says:

    Oh man, I was a wreck too when I tried switching hosts and it didn’t go so hot. NOT EASY. “What do you mean it’s just wiped clean from the Internet?!?!” My stomach turns a little for you, so I think I need one of those cookies. You know, to settle the sympathy nausea.

    Love them, by the way! In the early days of my blog I made a milk chocolate chip/pistachio cookie (though I wasn’t brilliant enough to use pistachio paste). It was one of my first photos to be accepted to Tastespotting–ah, memory lane.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Ah yes, the first Tastespotting/Foodgawker acceptance–the moment when we all become “real” food bloggers! I used to agonize over it and then Pinterest took over the world, and now it’s more of a giant Kanye shrug. Good times!

      And my word, that hosting switch sounds traumatic. I’ve had a few times when I’ve tried to be clever and broken my blog, and it seriously makes my heart race and makes me nauseous–such a gross feeling. I actually need to switch soon, but I think I’m going to outsource it and pay someone to help, since I have enough gray hairs from this past week’s experiences.

  6. Sorry to hear about your technical problems, those are the worst! But I’m glad to see you sorted them out!
    It’s oficially cookie week in my house as well (I’ve made 5 batches now, yeah), and I’d love to add these babies to my list. They look spectacular! x

    • Elizabeth says:

      5 batches?! Hey, overachiever! Sounds like you could do some cookie backstrokes at your place too. :) I know you’ve had technical troubles lately as well–were you ever able to get your laptop working again?

  7. Oh my…I’m with you on the technology problems lately! I had a virus on my laptop last month..some FBI virus..then I’m having server problems for almost TWO weeks now – not fun at all! It’s very stressful

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh no!! Ashley, I am so sorry to hear that, and I have such major sympathy for you. Computers are so intertwined with our lives now, computer problems can be so majorly disruptive. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’re able to resolve your problems soon. :(

  8. Liz says:

    These sound delicious! Glad that everything’s working with the computer now. Have a great weekend! :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Liz! It’s really made me grateful for how well my computer normally works, and I’m trying not to take it for granted any more. Hope your weekend was great too!

  9. Technical problems are the worst. Why can’t we just bake things and take pretty pictures and let the magical website fairy do the rest? Sigh…
    And I’m totally inspired to try making my own pistachio paste. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite dessert, and adding pistachios takes them over the top!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Right? RIGHT?! Natasha, if you figure out how to get the website fairies to your place, please send them over to mine as soon as they’re done. I will pay you handsomely in pistachio cookies! :)

  10. Dave LaBau says:

    These look like pretty yummy cookies. I am a sucker for cookies.


  11. You know sometimes you find a blog and you scroll through the recipes and you go “oh, I need to make that” and at the next one “oooh, need to make that” and “that’s on the list” *drool*.. That’s what I’m feeling like right now :P It’s a pity I need to go find all the ingredients first. But maybe that’s a good thing..
    I really hope you don’t get any technology-problems any more! You know, just in case, you should keep baking cookies! ;)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you so much! And yes, I get that feeling with pretty much every food blog I read…the blessing/curse of loving food so much. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Oh my god, I know what you mean about Malware. Even things that seem trustworthy aren’t. I have a PC so I find that restarting and signing into Safemode is the best way to deal with the bugger.

    On that note, these cookies also look dangerous. As in, I would down way too many in one sitting kind of dangerous. I’m going to have to give these a go sometime.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I much prefer the danger of these cookies to the danger of malware! And yes, Safe mode is a lifesaver! People keep telling me to switch to Linux but I’m a lifetime Windows user and I don’t think I could ever switch. I guess the only solution is to be even more careful in the future. Thanks for stopping by Aya!

  13. Found my way to your blog by way of your comment on mine, and I’m so glad I did! Your recipes look amazing. I happy you got your tech problems sorted out! Those are the worst. I’ve never heard of pistachio paste! It sounds so good….and so do these cookies!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Amy! I am totally not kidding about stalking you into BFF submission. Should be fun! Pistachio paste is awesome if you’re a pistachio fan (and who wouldn’t be?!) It gives amazing pistachio flavor to all kinds of desserts without any of the grittiness or graininess that comes from grinding up pistachios yourself. It’s genius!

  14. Wow, I had no idea about Cnet so thanks for sharing. Also, I turn into a major stress ball anytime my site is down and my host gets the brunt of it! These cookies look illegal. I’m on a sugar-detox right now and my sweet tooth seriously just fainted.

  15. Winnie says:

    All I can say is “wow”! I love chocolate chip cookies and these look spectacular!

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  18. Corey :) says:

    FYI – The pistachio paste that King Arthur Flour sells is the same paste that you used. It’s also a little cheaper than it is on Amazon!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Corey, that’s great to know! I usually buy it from a local place but I’m glad to know I can get it from KAF if necessary!

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