Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chewy cookies with pistachio nuts and white chocolate chips.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Guest author Garrett McCord brought 2 dozen of these cookies over today. We inhaled them. ~Elise

Almost all of the pistachios grown in America are produced right here in California (we’re a lucky state, we are). It’s a surprisingly labor intensive crop that requires a lot of attention for yields that can greatly differ from year to year. Still, the crop is relatively new to the U.S.; up until 1976, almost all of the pistachios were imported from Iran until President Carter placed an embargo on the country. It was then California farmers started to plant the first pistachio trees here in America. Nowadays we can get pistachios from any local market and use their rich, mellow flavors as we please.

This cookie makes delicious use of pistachios, pairing them with white chocolate (or dark, should you so prefer). The original recipe came from an article in the Sacramento Bee by way of Jane Dewey, a wife of a local pistachio farmer. After a bit of tweaking I finally got them to come out the way I prefer them. I prefer using a brick of white chocolate and chopping it into chunks for a more rustic look, but white chocolate chips will do just fine. I also reduced the butter a bit and used kosher salt which gives a nice spark of contrast to the sweetness. Very chewy and amazingly good, I promise these cookies are keepers.

Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 6 dozen.


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt (regular salt will suffice)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped pistachios, raw and unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips


1 Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter and sugars together on high speed for three minutes.

2 Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

3 In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and rolled oats. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture slowly, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice to ensure even mixing.

4 Fold in the pistachios and white chocolate chips. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets, add an extra pistachio or two on top of each bit of dough for decoration if desired.

5 Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to set up on the cookie sheets before moving to a baking rack to cool completely.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is a professional writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in many print and online publications such as Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past clients also include numerous food companies, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his website, Coupe de Grace.

More from Garrett


Baklava Recipe here on Simply Recipes
Wikipedia entry on pistachios
Pistachio Apricot Oatmeal Cookies from Epicurious
Pistachio Cocoa Nibs Cookies by Helen of Tartlette
Pistachio Cranberry Cookie Sticks by Mercedes of Dessert Candy

Showing 4 of 27 Comments / Reviews

  • Julie

    These look so good… I saw the article in The Bee as well and they sounded delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Have you thought of toasting the pistachios first before baking, or is that not really necessary in this recipe? I have got into the habit of toasting all nuts before using them, so just curious. Thanks for another delicious looking recipe!

    Nope, they’re just fine as is but you could if you wanted. =) ~Garrett

  • Luke

    These look delicious! Unfortunately, I have a really hard time finding unsalted pistachios around where I live. Do you think it would be fine to use salted pistachios and omit the salt in the recipe? I thought I could even brush off the excess salt from the pistachios first, but I’m not quite sure how it would work out.

    I’m not too sure how it would work out either, Luke. Might be pretty tasty! Give it a try and let us know how it works out. ~Garrett

  • bridget

    I’m a little bit of a health-foodie so I used whole wheat pastry flour and cut both sugars to 2/3’s of a cup each. So far the dough is very yummy. I’m cooking them now and am sure they will be scrumptious.

  • Darby "The Dessert Diva"

    You want the secret to a REALLY good cookie…

    1 small box of complementary pudding, like for these, pistachio. You can also do 1/2 butter, 1/2 Hi Ratio shortening and 1/2 cake flour. This makes an excellent cookie!!

  • Marguerite

    I just made these cookies and they are so delicious. Some of the best cookies I’ve ever made. An absolute keeper!

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