Tuesday, December 16

A Recipe for Special Christmas Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies and the Winners of the Christmas Book Give-Away

Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies

For my Christmas book give-away, I asked you tell me the name of your favorite Christmas cookie. And, boy, did you name some exciting ones! From Italian Taralles, knot cookies with the icing and sprinkles, to American Cranberry Turtle Bars to Austrian Linzer cookies, you covered the gamut of beloved international holiday treats.

However, four cookies topped your list of favorites. They are:
  • Rich, buttery shortbread
  • Simple sugar cookies
  • Spicy ginger cookies
  • And my favorite of the four, classic chocolate chip cookies
Americans in particular love a good chocolate chip cookie. That's in large part do to Ruth Wakefield, a home baker in Massachusetts, who in 1930 opened a lodge call The Toll House Inn.

One day as she was making her Butter Drop Do cookies, she tossed some Nestle semi-sweet chocolate into the dough expecting it to get all melty. It didn't. In fact, the cookies were tantalizingly creamy and chocolaty, becoming an instant hit at the Inn. Eventually Ruth ventured into a partnership with Nestle and, lo and behold, the famous Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie was born. Nearly 80 years later, they remain one of America's favorite cookies.

Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies

So for all of my fellow chocolate chip cookie lovers out there, I've got a special Christmassy chocolate chip cookie for you: Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies. When you bite into the slightly crisp exterior, you'll discover a soft chewy center studded with sweet chocolate chips, tart dried cherries, and rich pistachios.

Just to prove how good these cookies are,when my mom was here, I asked her to taste one to see if she liked it. She said, "I'm not a fan of chocolate chip cookies, honey." "Aw, come on, just taste one," I implored. She took a bite, paused, smiled, and said, "Now, that's what you call a chocolate chip cookie." Maybe I should call Nestle.

These are going into the big cookie jar along with scores of other international Christmas cookies. Click on the logo for details to submit yours and see all of the delicious cookies here.

Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies
These chocolate chip cookies are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, where you'll discover sweet chocolate, tart cherries, and rich pistachios.

Makes about 30-35 cookies
Print recipe only here.

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cherries
1 cup finely chopped pistachios

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and center a baking rack. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars; beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; add to the large bowl, and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, cherries, and pistachios.

Drop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart (as they will spread) on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.

To store cookies, layer between pieces of waxed paper to prevent sticking and place in an air-tight container. Properly stored, cookies should last up to a week.

Chocolate Chip, Cherry, and Pistachio Cookies

Now, thanks to the help of Random.org, I'm happy to announce the winners of the Christmas book give-away:

Lucky #48--Claire, whose favorite cookies are Nanaimo bars
Lucky #57--Culinarywannabe, whose favorite cookies are Haystacks

Congratulations to you both! Please email me your full names and addresses so I can send you the book.

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Dewi said...

Wow, I am totally disappointed! I was hoping that I'd win this, oh well. Maybe next time I'll be the lucky winner.

CONGRATULATION to both, Claire and Culinarywannabe!!!!

Those cookies look so special and absolutely good, I love any cookie recipe that include pistaschio in it.

Karen said...

I'm with your mom... I get kind of tired of the same old choc chip cookies. This recipe, with the pistachios (which I love) and cherries sounds like it's different enough to pique my interest :)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Congrats to the winners! I'd love to taste these cookies.

Rachel said...

Sigh!!! Ok congrats to the two winners....

Am yet to find the perfect choc chip recipe...so this is something that I will try.

Susan said...

These cookies sound great!

Congrats Girls!!!

Manggy said...

Aw, the cookie that won your mother over! They certainly are special treats (try getting those out of Mrs. Fields!)! Congratulations to the winners :)

Unknown said...

lovely biscuits. congrats for all the winners. lucky girls!

Heather said...

mmmm, how delicious! so many, many wonderful flavors in there!

Darius T. Williams said...

Oh my do these cookies look fantastic!

Kristen said...

Oh yum! And "last a week"--in whose house?! Cookies never last a week in my house. ;)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats to the winners!

Those cookies look fantastic! A real treat!



Snooky doodle said...

congratulations to the winners. These cookies look so yummy

Meeta K. Wolff said...

(you'll love my post tonight) seriously though i love the pistachios in this. i need to work my last pistachio packets i brought back form dubai so i appreciate anything with pistachio at the moment, perfect!

Finla said...

ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh bad luch for me :-)))))
Congragulations to both the winner.
I love those green spots on the cookies, i will make these for your Christmas Cookie season 3 :-)))
Will send you my cookies your way today.

Anne said...

The cookies look so yummy, everything I like in one thing = perfect :)

Lori Lynn said...

Call Nestle!

Anonymous said...

yummy! This looks like a wonderful recipe!

Kara said...

Susan! Make it stop - I didn't have time to add these to my cookie platter but now I'm sitting here trying to think of when I can find some time. Guess I should focus on my Eat Christmas Cookies submission first, though... but these look amazing - maybe a perfect New Year's cookie?! :-)

Anonymous said...

I simply love Nainamo Bars too- we called them Three Layer Bars and always had them at Christmas time. I may just have to whip up a batch again this year for nostalgia sake.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That's a chocolate chip cookie to serve Santa!! Love the cherry & pistachios.

Maria said...

Those cookies look wonderful. Congrats to the winners!!

Ivy said...

Congratulations to both winners. I am planning to make nanaibo bars soon.

Susan said...

Susan congratulations on your book win!

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

YUM! And how funny...you give away books on Tuesday and you win one on Wednesday :) Instant karma!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

elra-There will be more give-aways coming up so keep trying!

karen-It piqued hers, so good luck!

helene-Hope you try them.

rachel-Let me know if you like them! :)


mark-Aw, thanks so much.

arfi-Thank you!

heather-I thought so too. :)


kristen- Hah! Ain't that the truth. ;)

rosa-They are a holiday treat.

snooky doodle-Thank you!

meeta-They are divine, aren't they?

happycook-season 3? You're so sweet. :)

anne-I'm so glad to hear it.

lorilynn- Yeah! Huh? ;)

foodista-Thank you kindly.

kara-Ah, New Year's. Now you're talking. :)

kate-Is there a cookie with more names than that one? :)

tanna-I hope he likes it. :)

maria-Thank you!

ivy-Love them.


michelle-Hah! I hadn't thought of it, but you're right. :)

Cakespy said...

What a delicious variation--and the colors are so subtle and pretty thanks to the pistachios and cherries!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Congratulations to all of the winners. Speaking of winners these chocolate chop cookies are a winner too!!!!

K Allrich said...

Such a lovely, yummy contest. The combo of cherries and pistachios is made in heaven. Who knew? Sending you the warmest wishes for a sweet, happy, healthy New Year 2009!

Deeba PAB said...

Missed it again Susan...he he...congrats to the lucky winners! Celebrate! Love the cookies...sugar, no spice but still everything nice...they look delicious. I love pistachios & cherries in anything baked, & these cookies look delicious!

Jaime said...

cherries and pistachios are a great addition to your standard CCC!

Claire said...
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Snooky doodle said...

Thanks for your quick reply re peanut fudge . I ll try it for Christmas :)

Culinary Wannabe said...

Yay!! I'm sooo excited!!! Thanks so much!!!!

Anonymous said...

Will try your Christmas cookies at home.

Johanna GGG said...

I can't help but think that choc chip cookies are one of America's great contributions to food - there are so many great versions of it - and I love the look of yours

Jeanne said...

I am SO bookmarking these - all my favourite flavours in one cookie!