Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 #GourmetGarden

Welcome to Day #3 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. 

We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas. Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways! 

I cannot think of a better summer treat than a cookie. Most come together so easily and of course they are a grab and go kind of treat. My all time favorite cookies are M&M and chocolate chip. Classics!  You can never go wrong with those two kinds but sometimes you want something a bit more special.

Today I have for you that special kind of cookie. I took the classic chocolate chip cookie and upped the stakes with switching out the semi sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate and adding pistachios.  What is it about pistachios that make everything seem extra amazing? These cookies are sure to bring a smile to any kids's face both big and small.  I know they will be making some more appearances this summer at our house.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (36 cookies)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup pistachios, chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with a non-slip pad or parchment paper.

In a small bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt. 

In a stand mixer cream butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gradually mix in flour mixture.

Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in dark chocolate chips and pistachios until combined. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.
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Still wanting more?! Check out the rest of the #KickOffToSummer2014 awesomeness below! 

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Sausage & Veggies Tinfoil Dinner by Summer Scraps  
Baked Rosemary Garlic Fries by Keep it Simple, Sweetie 
Homemade Natural Bug Spray by The Haas Machine 
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Marshmallow Fruit Dip by Forty Eighteen 
Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies by Lady Behind the Curtain 
BBQ Invitation Printable by My Daylights  
Rhubarb Crisp by Love in the Kitchen 
Mixed Berry Sweet Rolls by Like Mother, Like Daughter  
Liberty Embroidery Pattern by Bits of Ivory 
Red White and Blue Trifle by We Like to Learn as We Go 
Chickpea Tabouli by Food Lust People Love 
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cookies by Life on Food

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  1. Oh i love dark chocolate and pistachios! What a delicious combination!

  2. Great combo of flavors here! Your cookies look so awesome!

  3. YUM! Great idea to add pistachios to CCCs!!! They look divine, my friend!!!

  4. I love pistachios but I've never thought to put them in my chocolate chip cookies. Love it!

  5. These look fabulous! I love that you added pistachios to choc chip cookies! :)


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