Thursday, May 21, 2009

Baking Class: Pistachio Cherry Chip Cookies

Last summer Mary brought me some cherry-flavored chips she picked up in Michigan. I held onto them because I wanted to make something I could share with her and both of our schedules have been kind of crazy. Now that I'm baking more, I wanted to make these sooner rather than later.

While chocolate and cherry seem like a natural pairing, Mary can't eat chocolate so I had to find a different flavor that would combine well with the cherry. I decided pistachios would do the trick. Pistachios are often paired with fruit in middle eastern cuisine so it seemed like a no-brainer.

Cookies seemed the way to go. This is a simple variation on a familiar chocolate chip recipe. I changed some of the amounts so it would make a smaller batch. Sometimes what stops me from making cookies is how many I have to cook at a time. Unless I'm making them for a group or an event, a few dozen is just the right amount.

I think if I made them again I might use lemon extract instead of vanilla. It might brighten up the cherry flavor just that little bit extra. Either way, these were delicious, and everybody loved them.
Home Cookin Chapter: My Recipes

PISTACHIO CHERRY CHIP COOKIES

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp water
1 egg
3/4 cup cherry-flavored chips
1/3 cup chopped pistachios

Heat oven 375 deg.

Combine flour, soda and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugars; add vanilla and water and mix well. Add egg and mix together.

Add cherry chips and pistchios and mix together.

Drop by heaping teaspoonsful onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake 10-12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown.

Let cool.

5/3/09

Exported from Home Cookin 5.7 (www.mountain-software.com)

3 comments:

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my site and leading me to yours, you have a cool site. These cookies look really awesome, loved the combination....

BertandFelix said...

The cookies were soooo good!!!

dejamo said...

Thanks, Usha. I liked your site, too.

Glad you liked them, B&F :)

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