Dinner’s been made and eaten, and the kitchen
cleaned sterilized. It’s time for dessert, but there’s nothing sweet in the house. No, an apple isn’t the kind of sweet I want right now. Unless it’s warm, sprinkled with cinnamon, flanked by a buttery crust and bathing in vanilla ice cream, an apple is just an apple. I want a real dessert. And now that I’ve mentioned it, my main taste tester does, too. The problem is, I’ve already taken my face off, and have slipped into my velour jumpsuit (aka “comphies”), so going out for dessert is not an potion. There may not be anything sweet in the house, but I do have white chocolate chips, a bag of shelled pistachios (a bad idea unless you practice restraint) and all the basic baking ingredients.
It’s settled– we’re having cookies!
What I love most about these cookies is that the sweet, salty, chewy and crunchy all happen at the same time. The pistachios can be chopped with a knife, but using a food processor creates coarsely chopped pieces, plus a bit of pistachio butter, which enhances the flavor.
Materials (for 25-30 cookies, depending on your scoop, and whether you eat raw batter like I do; adapted from Joy the Baker)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Kosher or sea salt
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup shelled pistachios, chopped in the food processor
coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper, and set aside.
Before I continue, I have to tell you that I love love love my silicone mat. But, to see what difference it would make, I baked a batch of these cookies on parchment paper, and these cookies took 5 minutes longer to bake, looked different and had a slightly harder texture. The silicone mat cookies baked faster and had a better consistency. Both materials work. It’s just a matter of what you have available.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and beat to combine. Add vanilla and beat until completely mixed in.
4. Pour in the dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated, but don’t over beat.
5. Using a spoon, stir in the chocolate chips and pistachios.
6. Scoop out about 2 Tbsp and form into a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown.
7. Allow to cool at room temperature for a few minutes; then transfer to a cooling rack. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
I reheated day old cookies in a toaster oven for about a minute at 200 degrees, and they were as perfect as their freshly-baked cousins.