It’s that time of year again and it’s time to make cookies! This year I’m attending a friend’s cookie swap party. And this friend is a professionally trained baker. No pressure or anything!
I came across this cookie recipe in Self magazine’s December issue. The photography drew me in (my cookies in no way look like the magazine photos!) and then I read the recipe and I was sold. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet. And it’s very easy to make—perfect for a cookie swap!
Cherry, Chocolate & Pistachio Cookies
Adapted from Self magazine, December 2013
Yields 40 cookies
- 2-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 oz dark chocolate (60-70% cacao), chopped
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup pistachios, shelled and finely chopped
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Separately, using a standing mixer, combine butter, sugar and olive oil until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Slowly add flour mixture in small batches. Stir in chocolate and cherries.
Divide dough in half and roll into two logs, about 2” by 8” long. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spread chopped pistachios on a cutting board and roll the chilled cookie dough. If the nuts do not stick to the dough, press the nuts into the dough. Cut each log into 20 cookies and spread evenly the cookies sheets. If there is any left over chopped nuts, sprinkle them on the cookies. Gently press the cookies so they are flat and round. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool.
If you are making these cookies as gifts, I typed out the name of the cookies and printed them on 65# card stock. If you would like to print them out, you can download my PDF here. Then, using a 1.5″ circle punch, I punched out the tags and used a hole punch at the top. I ran out of ribbon so I used some yarn I had on hand for a rustic touch.
Once you and your friends taste these cookies, you will die and go to heaven. Happy Holidays!