Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies Recipe

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Of all the cookies I prepare at Christmas, these are the most popular. My husband and sons gobble them up so fast, I make at least three batches!—Lynne Ogg, Cedar, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:74 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 74 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 80 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1 fat


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, pudding mix and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Pistachio Chip Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p134

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Made them for St. Patrick's Day and used Mini Choc. Chips. Might try adding some almond extract, different Choc. chips. or actual pistachio pieces. You can taste the cream cheese, but no other flavor at all. Needs to be more flavorful. Followed the recipe, tried a small cookie scoop (1 in. balls), but ended up using a bigger one to make a normal sized cookie. Flattened them out and baked for 10 min. Needs help!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"Sorry, but these cookies just weren't what I expected, nor did they taste very good. Since they were in a little book featuring all Christmas cookies I thought they'd be extra special, but they were just kind of a green dense dough with big chocolate chips in them......not tasting like pistachios at all. I think that big 8 oz. bar of cream cheese had something to do with the poor texture. I'll avoid making cookies in the future that have so much cream cheese in them."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"These cookies were a big hit!! Everybody loved them!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"I make this all the time. My husband and kids love it."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"I did everything the recipe said and I was extremely disappointed in the end result. Just a waste of my time making them, too small, nothing like the picture."

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