lemon, pistachio, & white chocolate cookies

February 25, 2013

in Cookies

I was nibbling on a few Lemon Zing Pistachios the other day, and it dawned on me that pistachios don’t pop up much in my baking repertoire. I don’t dislike the nuts, but when it comes to baking, I’m more likely to reach for almonds or pecans. As I surveyed the pantry, a bag of white chocolate chips caught my eye. I found myself snacking on both the lemon pistachios and the white chocolate, loving the flavors together. Cookies seemed like a natural next step.

Lemon, Pistachio, & White Chocolate Cookies | Tutti Dolci

I wasn’t entirely sure if this recipe would work until I tasted the dough – I could hardly resist eating it a spoonful at a time! The slightly salty pistachios give these cookies a nutty crunch, which is mellowed by the silky white chocolate chips and floral lemon zest. Crisp on the edges and chewy in the center, these also happen to have my favorite cookie texture.

Lemon, Pistachio, & White Chocolate Cookies | Tutti Dolci

I received a BeaterBlade as a Christmas gift, and absolutely love baking with it. It easily creams butter and sugar in half the mixing time of the standard flat beater, so it’s perfect to use for cookie dough (I also no longer find dry ingredients at the bottom of my mixer bowl!). I’m giving away a BeaterBlade to one of you – see the details below the recipe.

Lemon, Pistachio, & White Chocolate Cookies | Tutti Dolci

Lemon, Pistachio, & White Chocolate Cookies
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, sugars, and lemon zest in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and egg; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in pistachios and white chocolate chips.

Form 1 1/4″ balls of dough and place two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 9 minutes, until golden. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Yield – 34 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
Calories – 80
Carbs – 9

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Giveaway Details:
One winner will receive a BeaterBlade. Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Giveaway ends on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10 am PST. The winner will be selected by random.org and contacted by email. If there is no response after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to US Residents.

Disclosure: BeaterBlade generously donated a beater for the giveaway. I received no compensation and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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62 Comments

1 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 25, 2013

I love when new recipes come together like that! I have a beater blade on my mixer and can’t live without it – great giveaway :)

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2 Flavia February 25, 2013

This recipe sounds delightful, Laura. I love the combination of lemon, white chocolate and pistachios. I’m definitely printing this recipe to try soon.

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3 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 25, 2013

I am with you on pistachios – we should bake more with them :) Love these cookies – wish they were right in front of me :)

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4 Valerie February 25, 2013

Most likely cookies will be the first thing I’ll bake with this fabulous blade – I can’t stand finding dry bits at the bottom of the bowl.

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5 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 25, 2013

what a delicious combo. I made some muffins with pistachios, i love the added crunch and saltiness :)

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6 a farmer in the dell February 25, 2013

I absolutely love the flavor combinations going on in these cookies. totally different. Can’t wait to try these!

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7 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 25, 2013

I love pistachios in cookies…I also love my BeaterBlade. I don’t make cookies without it!!

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8 Deb February 25, 2013

I adore pistachios paired with lemon in desserts! With the addition of white chocolate these cookies are enchanting!

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9 Liz February 25, 2013

Such yummy cookies! I always forget about using pistachios, too, but have a nice stash in my freezer. I’m in need of a new beater blade…so I’m happy to enter your fun giveaway :)

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10 Liz February 25, 2013

Oops…didn’t read the Rafflecopter prompt before I posted…chocolate chunk cookies!

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11 Casey Niehoff February 25, 2013

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

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12 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) February 25, 2013

White chocolate and lemon? We were on the same wavelength. :) I love pistachios so I know I’d inhale these cookies. They’re so pretty, too.

I’ve always wondered if that beater attachment worked. Glad to know that it’s so useful. Hmmm, now I need it. :)

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13 Terri C February 25, 2013

Oh I would have to make several kinds of cookies and these sound wonderful !

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14 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking February 25, 2013

Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts but hate cracking them open. I have to chase hubby around the house to do them for me.
Wish I had a few of these cookies,mmmm

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15 Amy (Savory Moments) February 25, 2013

I love pistachios and have been using them more and more lately – so I think these cookies look really delicious! I love the flavor combination.

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16 Julie @ Table for Two February 25, 2013

Gorgeous cookies! I love pistachios! They’re so expensive, though, but I always love to indulge :)

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17 The Café Sucré Farine February 25, 2013

My daughter just got one of these and I love it! It does make an amazing difference.I love your combination of flavors in these cookies, I’m imagining (longingly) how delicious they must be:)

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18 Isabel February 25, 2013

I will be making these cookies. Nice combination of flavors.

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19 Kate@Diethood February 25, 2013

I always taste the dough to whatever I’m making and then if it’s really good, I can’t stop eating it…raw. :-D
I love your cookies!! Pistachios and white chocolate… damn good!

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20 ashley - baker by nature February 25, 2013

These cookies feature all of my favorite things! Dreamy!

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21 Amanda Thompson February 25, 2013

I would make a lemon cheesecake to celebrate the coming Spring!

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22 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 25, 2013

The cookies look SO good Laura! And I swear by my Beaterblade! I got one a while back and it’s helpful to ensure that you don’t have to keep scraping down the sides! :D

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23 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 25, 2013

What a delightful cookie. Love the continuation of the lemon theme. I bet these did not last long in your house! Pretty photos!

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24 Jennifer | Mother Thyme February 25, 2013

These cookies look amazing! I love BeaterBlade! :)

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25 angela @ another bite please February 25, 2013

these cookies! i just have to get a meyer lemon…well where i live it will just be a lemon…but i have the pistachios and white chocolate yeah…and i’ve always wanted to try one of these beaterblades

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26 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 25, 2013

Pistachios are so underrated, I love them and often add them to recipes. My most popular caramel from my Etsy store is pistachio with rosemary! The first thing I’d make with this giveaway would be these cookies of course!!

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27 Jennifer @ Delicieux February 25, 2013

Gorgeous cookies Laura! I really don’t bake enough cookies.

Your beaterblade give away is fantastic! I had one (which sadly broke) and they really are fantastic.

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28 Anna @ Hidden Ponies February 25, 2013

Ooh, great cookie idea! Lemon white chocolate cookies are my 4-year-old’s favourite…I wonder how impressed she’ll be if I add nuts :)

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29 Liren February 25, 2013

I love pistachios and white chocolate together, but the lemon must make it even more amazing! I’ve never even seen or heard or a beaterblade, can you believe it? What rock have I been living under?

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 25, 2013

I’d make cookies with it and boy, yours look fabulous. White chocolate is always a win!

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31 Meghan Finley February 25, 2013

Snickerdoodles!

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32 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 26, 2013

I’ve been eyeing the beaterblade for a while now! And you know my obsession for pistachios, right? :D

Nicely done!

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33 Carol | a cup of mascarpone February 26, 2013

I’ve been waiting for this recipe ever since seeing your instagram photo of the pistachios! You are so creative…what a great combo of flavors, Laura!

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34 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 26, 2013

I have never tried this combination of lemon, chocolate, and pistachios together. They look yummy, Laura! xx

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35 Mercedes February 26, 2013

I love the flavor combination of these cookies Laura! I would make some type of cookies with that Beaterblade!

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36 Elizabeth February 26, 2013

Hmm… everyone’s saying cookies, but I think this would work great for some frosting too!

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37 rachel February 26, 2013

Brioche from “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day”

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38 Karen (Back Road Journal) February 26, 2013

I have a large bag of pistachio that were a gift. Now I have a delicious recipe to use some of them in…thanks for the recipe.

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39 Rachelle S. February 26, 2013

How have I never heard of a beater blade? I definitely need to get one and start making Toll House cookies ASAP!

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40 Kate @ Kate from Scratch February 26, 2013

Sounds delightful! What a lovely combination. Delicious!

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41 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 26, 2013

I’d make cookies! Love the flavor combination of these!

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42 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 26, 2013

I love all of your lemon recipes!! They look so fantastic!

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43 Amy February 26, 2013

that looks yummy!

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44 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 26, 2013

Love these cookies! Jason would go crazy over these! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. The first thing I would bake would be St. Patrick’s day cupcakes :)

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45 Suzanne Perazzini February 26, 2013

I love pistachio nuts but dislike shelling them. There are always the stubborn ones which I leave to the end and then have to struggle with, damaging my fingers in the process. It is worthwhile though to get that lovely flavour at the end of it all.

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46 Emily February 26, 2013

Pistachios are far too underused in the baking world. Thank you for this recipe, it sounds divine!

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47 Patty February 26, 2013

Wonderful cookie flavors and the crispy edges sound delightful ;-)

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48 Gina February 26, 2013

Love the combo here. I think pistachios are my favorite nut, well I kind of love all of them, but I really do have a soft spot for the saltiness of pistachios. How did you guess my favorite way to eat them is in cookies. Never tried a beater blade, but it sounds like a great idea. Hope you are having a good week.
-Gina-

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49 Lora @cakeduchess February 27, 2013

Pistachio and white chocolate in a scrumptious cookie. Love these, Laura. I never heard of a BeaterBlade and now hope to win it!!

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50 Laura @ Family Spice February 27, 2013

We inhale pistachios on their own and I love how you added them to those delicious cookies! Love the beater blade. Totally need to get one. Right now I stop and use a scraper to get the last bits mixed together.

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51 Julia {The Roasted Root} February 27, 2013

The way you describe the texture of these delicious cookies is making me salivate all over my computer. ;) I love lemon-y treats and adore pistachios..I think you just handed me my new addiction! :)

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52 Natalie February 27, 2013

Amazing flavours in these, pistachios are tasty and I like that its paired with white chocolate and lemon, yumm!

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53 D Schmidt February 27, 2013

The first thing I would make is a quick bread!

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54 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 27, 2013

White chocolate and lemon and pistachio! You made me very curious about these yummy cookies! I didn’t know about BeaterBlade before and it sounds like a great tool. If my KA is used at least once a week, maybe I deserve to request one? I’m going to make your Meyer lemon bread soon… I just need some free time to make it! I’m worried about glaze… yours look so perfect which is first thing attract me. I’m not sure if I can do good glaze. Heehee.

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55 Patricia Scarpin February 28, 2013

I love cookies and have been thinking of making a pistachio and white chocolate cookie – adding lemon makes it even more perfect, Laura! They look really delicious.

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56 Sandra's Easy Cooking February 28, 2013

Oh my goodness, Laura those look fantastic! I love cookies of course, but with white chocolate and pistachio..wow that just might be one my favorite combos that I need to try soon! Yummy!!!!

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57 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 28, 2013

Your cookies look wonderful – my husband loves pistachios, so he would be all over these!

The beaterblades don’t work in my mixer :( I got it at Costco, and apparently KitchenAid makes a different version for Costco, and the blades don’t work for them. So sad, because I would love one!

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58 Rosa February 28, 2013

Wonderful cookies and divine combination!

Great giveaway (don’t count me in, though…).

Cheers,

Rosa

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59 Gourmantine February 28, 2013

Beautiful cookies! White chocolate and pistachios go so well together, I can only imagine how glorious they taste.

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60 karen February 28, 2013

Cheesecake! I hate scraping the bowl when making cheesecake!

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61 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings March 1, 2013

You should start making more pistachio recipes!!! I’d love to see what tasty goodies you’ll come up with. I’m always drooling when I hop over here, because of all the wonderful baked goods you feature! Laura, you are a talented and skilled baker – it’s always a pleasure to see your work!

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