Pistachio Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I've said before, I love cookies. When I first saw a recipe for chocolate chip cookies with pistachios and cherries I knew I had to try them. The only problem was that the recipe was not good. The cookies came out flat and salty. I decided the idea was too good to give up on, though, so I played around with adding pistachios and cherries to a couple of my favorite chocolate cookies recipes. After a few flops, I had success. I love the cherry flavor with chocolate and the crunch of the pistachios. Plus, I'm always happy to have some dried cherries left over afterward. Is there a better dried fruit? If you are in a pinch you could use dried cranberries, too.

Cream your butter and sugars with some corn syrup and vinegar, and then beat in eggs.

Stir in dry ingredients. Chop pistachios into chocolate chip-sized pieces. You can use already shelled pistachios, but these tend to be a little saltier than the ones in the shells so you might want to cut down on the salt added to the dough. Overly salty cookies are such a disappointment, aren't they?

Chop the cherries as well. They'll stick like glue to your knife, but just grit your way through it. The little cherry pieces taste good spread through the cookie instead of in big chunks.  Add both pistachios and cherries to the dough along with mini chocolate chips. Scoop onto cookie sheet.

Bake until lightly browned.

Enjoy with a big glass of milk.

Pistachio Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies


3/4 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 T light corn syrup
1 T cider vinegar or white vinegar
2 large eggs
1 T vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cup flour
2 cups dried cherries
1 cup pistachios, shelled
2 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter, sugars, corn syrup and vinegar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour. Add to butter mixture and mix. Stir in cherries, pistachios and chocolate chips.

Drop cookie dough by tablespoonful onto baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, then remove them from the oven and let them cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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