Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I went to the new Maison Kayser on the Upper East Side, and I was pretty inspired by the pistachio white chocolate chip cookie they had. It was chewy and soft, so soft that it couldn’t stay whole. It had a slight lemon fragrance, which I thought added interest to the cookie.

I searched for a recipe online, and adapted one by replacing the vanilla essence with lemon essence. I also liked that this recipe used oats to add chewiness – I’m personally really fond of oats in cookies, and it’s less caloric too. I used whole wheat flour in place of plain flour without any problems. This is a really easy recipe. I recommend using good quality white chocolate.

It was rather therapeutic de-shelling these pistachios while watching a movie.

Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 6 dozen
Adapted from Simply Recipes


1 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of dark brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of milk (I used water instead of milk)
2 teaspoons of lemon extract
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt (regular salt will suffice)
1 cup of rolled oats
1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped pistachios, raw and unsalted
1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips


1 Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter and sugars together on high speed for three minutes.

2 Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

3 In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and rolled oats. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture slowly, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice to ensure even mixing.

4 Fold in the pistachios and white chocolate chips. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets, add an extra pistachio or two on top of each bit of dough for decoration if desired.

5 Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to set up on the cookie sheets before moving to a baking rack to cool completely.

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