Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pistachio Cherry Chip Cookies

I make these cookies every year, some time between Halloween and Christmas. But don't let that fool you. These cookies are good all year round. Let me rephrase that; these cookies are deliciously awesome any time of year.

The ingredients: Shortening, Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Vanilla, Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Pistachios, Dried Cherries, and White Chocolate Chips.

Begin by creaming together 2/3 cup butter, 2/3 cup shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar.

Fat and sugar. Yummy already.

Add 2 eggs and 2 tsp. vanilla.


In a separate bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt. Separately combining the dry ingredients is so important for the cookie's consistency.

Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture.

Smooth, creamy, buttery goodness.

Dump 1/2 cup pistachios in baggy and pound.

And pound. And pound. And pound some more. Ain't this fun?
You can chop these, if you want, but I have two small children and a two-year old pup. I had some frustrations to pound out.

And crushed (chopped) pistachios, 1/2 cup dried cherries, and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips to the dough. Admire the beauty.

Mix 'er up.
At this point, turn on the oven to 350, and place the dough in the fridge. Allow the dough to chill while the oven heats up. This allows the fat to set, adding to the consistency and loveliness of this cookie.

When your oven is ready, remove the dough and roll into walnut-sized balls. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. My batch makes 36 cookies.
Bake cookies 12-14 minutes.

Allow cookies a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to the wire racks. The cookies just spent 12 minutes in a burning hot oven. Give 'em some time to chill out before you go messin' with them again.

Once cool but not too cool, indulge (is there anything better than a fresh-from-the-oven-and-still-warm cookie?). Shake your booty. Indulge some more.


2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pistachios (lightly crushed or chopped)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips


Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Fold in the pistachios, dried cherries, and white chocolate chips.

Heat oven to 350 degrees while dough chills in the fridge. Once the oven is ready, roll dough into walnut-sized balls and position them two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool for five minutes on the cookie sheet. Then transfer to wire racks.


  1. oh i wish i could be eating one of those right now...yum!!

  2. Making those for SURE this holiday season!!

  3. You had me at dried cherries.

    So these are good for holidays, yes?

  4. Yes, great for the holidays - something about pistachio, dried cherry, and white chocolate simply equals Christmas.
    But I shop for the ingredients all year round. I ONLY buy white chocolate chips when they are on sale and I have a coupon. They rarely go on sale, I have found. And pistachios are expensive, so I am constantly keeping my eye open for a sale.
    I started buying dried cherries in bulk from Sam's because I like to bake with them, and they make a great snack.
    But I am not a "holiday" cookie person. I like pumpkin cookies in the spring and hot chocolate in the summer. Why should something so delicious only be consumed during a couple of months a year?

  5. i love your photos, especially the cookie dough ones. so good!