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Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 80 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 269395
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2017

"We love these cookies!!"

tinarm User ID: 163179 260593
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Was looking for a variation on regular chocolate chip cookies...these are it! They stay very moist. I used semi-sweet chips and added 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pistachios and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract...Delicious!"

wendafrog User ID: 1972215 126724
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!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 183850
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."

efwynne User ID: 4092460 186408
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

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

Jess0519 User ID: 5327146 107136
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

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

vora26 User ID: 1981740 115944
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."

PERRYD01 User ID: 7003914 183849
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"Do not waste your time on this recipe"

ThePurpleLady User ID: 239571 115942
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I was really looking forward to making these cookies. I followed the recipe exactly, even chilling the dough. I had to bake them atleast 5 minutes more before they started turning brown. They don't spread out or flatten any more than the way you press them down. They came out soft and moist but just don't have any taste. I sprinkled them with powdered sugar to add some flavor. They could have used some chopped nuts. My husband really liked them but he eats anything. I get so depressed when these new recipes I try don't taste good especially after all the time and effort put into it. I'm going to stick to my old favorites from now on."

SpikeFirst User ID: 6207669 187266
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I cant keep these in the house. They are SO soft and delicious!"

kajinca User ID: 6396644 115939
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"I love pistachio pudding and was excited to try this recipe. I thought the flour ratio was pretty high at first glance but I followed the recipe anyways. These cookies were very bland and desperately needed salt. Also, they came out like hockey pucks and I flattened them before placing them in the oven. Extremely disappointed. Do the food editors of this magazine taste test the recipes before placing them in the magazine?"

kayesandra User ID: 2865031 187265
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"This is a soft cookie but certainly not playdoh in texture. I baked them at 375 for 12 min. I think the DARK chocolate chips(not semi-sweet)add great flavor. I'm not a white chocolate fan, to me it is not chocolate at all. I found the dough to be hard to handle and shape into uniform cookies, therefore, the cookies are not very attractive, not a great addition to a cookie plate. Taste is fine so I'd probably make them again."

maggieaw User ID: 4163584 166662
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I thought these would be a good cookie to make for Saint paddys week- Not exceptional sort of blah tasting. IF I made these again I would omit the vanilla and add almond extract to go better with the pudding flavor. They are a soft mild cookie- my daycare kids ate them no problem- they just were not worth the calories for me. Just so - so"

teri396 User ID: 3790128 187262
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"must have done something wrong, they had the texture of playdoh while eating"

skyburke User ID: 1072545 183848
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"My family's new favorite Christmas cookie. I used white chocolate chips instead, fabulous!"

loriemay User ID: 5647883 145257
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Super easy cookies to make. I use mini chips and chopped up some pistachio nuts as well and the only complaint my family had was that they were too small! I did raise the temp of my oven to 375 and extend cooking time to 12 -15 minutes. This recipe is definitely a keeper."

Emmes User ID: 5587550 115938
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"Love these minty green cookies! I did not chill the dough, but dropped them from a spoon onto the greased cookie sheet. I will say that my oven required more than the 10-12 min baking time .. more like 15-20 mins until they were golden brown on the bottom. It was hard to tell when they were done. I also used white choc chips, but they were delicious. My 16yo son even ate them!"

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