Pistachio Pudding Cookies
I did it! I finally made pudding cookies!!! Pistachio pudding cookies to be precise! Pistachio’s are one of my absolute favorite nuts! I’ve been wanting to make a pistachio cookie for a long time. It was only after I bought the ingredients for these cookies that I realized how appropriate they would be for St. Patrick’s Day! I have to admit, St. Patty’s Day isn’t a holiday I really get into, but perhaps this year, I’ll forget that both my parents are Greek and I’ll consider myself Irish!
As I was mixing up the batter for these very green pistachio pudding cookies, I was thinking how there was once a time when I whole heartedly believed that pots of gold really could be found at the end of a rainbow. And where there’s a pot of gold, there’s a little man dressed in green guarding it! My mind would sort of touch upon the plausibility of it all, but I really wanted to believe. After all, I believed that a rotund man slithered down chimneys all over the world in one single night delivering presents. I believed that a giant bunny planted colored eggs in my yard and left me chocolate. And I totally believed that little fairies loved my teeth! Why wouldn’t I believe in little leprechauns and giant cauldrons of gold????
I grew older, wiser, and a bit jaded. I don’t really believe in pots o’ gold anymore (unless I can count the lottery, which is equally unobtainable). I sort of wish I could go back to those days of blind faith. Back to where I didn’t have to think about the logic or reasoning behind it all. I just believed.
I’ll tell you what I do believe. I DO believe that pudding makes the best darn cookies EVER! These pudding cookies are soft and moist. The pudding not only helps out the texture, but the flavor too! While I added chopped pistachios to the cookie batter, most of the pistachio flavor comes from the pudding. I love how the pudding turned these little cookies into a lovely, soft shade of green! Just like a pistachio! I drizzled white chocolate over the whole batch because 1. I love white chocolate and 2. I thought the white would be a nice contrast to the green. Tasty and pretty!
There was a time I refused to give jello or pudding a second thought. Those days are over!!!! I’m a convert!
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- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup water
- 1 egg
- 2 packages pistachio flavored pudding mix (3.4 oz)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup chopped pistachios
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets and set aside.
- In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together. Mix in oil, water, egg, pudding, vanilla, salt and baking powder, stirring until smooth. Add in flour and chopped nuts.
- Using a teaspoon, scoop dough and roll into 1 inch sized balls. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Remove from oven and move to cooling racks.
- Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over cooled cookies. Let set before storing.
- Makes about 30 cookies
recipe adapted from. King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion