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Pistachio Cookies with Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate

by Jamie on July 25, 2013

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While attending a work meeting yesterday, I realized that I go back to teaching in less than a month. I sort of gasped and counted the days on my iPhone calendar to make sure I was correct. I was. Not cool.

Aside from re-igniting my love affair with Tang Orange Drink and finally quitting Candy Crush – I feel like I haven’t accomplished much at all. Seriously though – have you tried Tang as an adult? Do it. And Candy Crush.. don’t try that. In fact, if you value your productivity, avoid it at all costs.

I don’t know what it is about this summer, but for some reason it seems like it hasn’t even started. I’m guessing it has something to do with the insane amount of rain we’ve had here in Ohio. And also that our vacation to Florida was pretty much spent dodging storms like it was our j-o-b. Again – not cool.

However, the past few days have been seriously amazing – mid 70’s, a light breeze with gorgeous cloud flecked blue skies. A girl can get used to this.

Eric and I flung open the windows, turned off the air, and for the first time in about two weeks, I put butter on the counter to soften and plugged in my KitchenAid Mixer. At that point I really had no idea what I was going to make, but all of the sudden, I had a serious hankering for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

But not just any Chocolate Chip Cookies – they had to be my favorite recipe. Only this time, I mixed it up a bit with pistachios and dark chocolate covered pomegranate. Total win.

Sweet, tangy, with the fantastic crunch of pistachios, these cookies are total winners. Maybe the mark the beginning of the end of my summer, but they’re still pretty awesome. And while I’m loathe to mention it, they’d be pretty awesome for stuffing in lunch boxes.

How’s your summer going?

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Pistachio Cookies Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate

July 25th, 2013

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes, plus at least 24 hours chilling

Ingredients:

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup shelled roasted pistachios; coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup dark chocolate covered pomegranate, coarsely chopped (see note below)

Directions:

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Add in pistachios, chocolate chips and chocolate covered pomegranate; mixing until just combined. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of big golf balls) - see note below for regular sized cookies - onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day.

Notes:

- For regular sized cookies, use a heaping tablespoon and bake for approximately 12 minutes.
- I have baked these before the full 24 hour chill time and they simply just aren't as good.
- I used dark chocolate covered pomegranate from Brookside - they're pretty addictive!

Recipe adapted from New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies.


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Holiday Baker Man July 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Double antioxidant recipe! Awesome!

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Mimi @ Culinary Couture July 26, 2013 at 1:22 am

Oh that darn Candy Crush. It has consumed my life. I spent weeks trying to beat level 29 and I finally did today…I think I’ll celebrate with these cookies even though I really should not be encouraging myself! Lol

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ThisBakerGirlBlogs July 26, 2013 at 4:39 am

Pistachio, chocolate and pomegranate? Sounds and looks delicious!!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

Love all the flavours in here! Pistachios are so nice in cookies :)

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MaggieB July 26, 2013 at 11:54 am

If you like Tang, the Mio Orange Tangerine flavor is amazing. And no calories! I keep it at my desk to add to my water all day long.

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Kristine July 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Yes, where is this summer going? I’m also a teacher and am so not ready to go back in a month. I think it’s gone so fast for me this year because my two kiddos and I have been super busy. Hope you enjoy the rest of yours!

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Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama July 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Pistachios and dark chocolate are two of my favorites! These cookies look awesome!

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Paula B. July 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

Sorry to hear that it is almost BTS time, but you’ll make the most of this next month. How nice that you’ve had some perfect summer days, the weather has certainly been unusual here, in New England, as well. We just had shades of fall temps after a lengthy heat wave, what is up with that??? My friends (mainly retired teachers) are totally addicted to Candy Crush, including my husband – not going to get sucked in, no way. As for these cookies, yay, will be baking these tomorrow with the a.c. on, and looking forward to that yummy combination of flavors.

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Jamie August 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

Paula,

Please stop back and let us know your experience with the recipe! Thank you so much for following MBA and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Jamie

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Cookbook Queen July 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I had to quit Candy Crush too…my life was going down the tubes. These cookies sound fabulous!!

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Belinda @themoonblushbaker July 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Gosh candy crush has stolen my life…. I can not count (nor do I want to know) how many hours I have done on it. I love these little green nuts! Dark chocolate cookies with these nuts equals an instant taste of sophistication. Great recipe!

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Marzenka July 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

hallo :)You blog is beautiful.Recipes are great.photos are so beautiful……………….please,betrays the secret of what camera you photograph?thank you
success in baking

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Miss Messy July 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Dark chocolate covered pomegranate sounds amazing! wow these look good!

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Cath July 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I can’t say I exactly like Tang as an adult, but I have used it to make Russian Tea mix, and I like that quite a bit. However, it has loads of sugar in it, so I haven’t made it in a long time. It is quite nice on a cold winter day, though.

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DessertForTwo August 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

The rain & cool weather in the midWest has been absolutely lovely lately, huh?

Enjoy your last few days of summer! Eat plenty of these cookies ;)

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Jaleh (The Hungry Nomad) August 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I am trying to work up the courage now to delete my Candy Crush app. It’s hard.

These cookies sound delicious! Definitely next on my list. As a Persian, I love anything involving both pistachio and pomegranate, and as a human being, I love anything involving cookies.

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shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Chocolate, nuts, cookies, chocolate, what more could anyone ever need? Love these!

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leslie August 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

OMG..Tang..I almost picked some up at Sams club the other day, but talked myself out of be because I knew I would drink all 50 billion gallons the container would make!
These cookies…OHHHHH MY

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The Hungry Mum August 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Pistachios AND chocolate? Now you’re talking :) These look incredibly delish.

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