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Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Yield: about 24, 2 1/2-inch cookie hearts
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Chill 1 hr to 2 hrs
  • Bake 10 mins to 12 mins
  • Cool 2 mins per batch

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Bright green pistachios and spice give this buttery chocolate cookie plenty of personality. It's like shortbread, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds. Add about half of the flour, the brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder and cinnamon. Beat until combined. Stir in the remaining flour. Stir in the 3/4 cup chocolate pieces. Wrap and chill dough for 1 to 2 hours until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut cookies with a 2 1/2-inch cutter (such as a circle, leaf or heart). Reroll as necessary. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in a 325 degrees F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set and tops appear dry. Let stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the 1/2 cup chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat, stirring occasionally. (Or in a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and shortening, on 50 percent power, for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and melted, stirring every 30 seconds.)
  5. On the counter, set wire rack over a large sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Dip edges or one half of each cookie in melted chocolate (or drizzle chocolate over cookie). Let excess chocolate drip off; roll edges in pistachios or sprinkle pistachios over chocolate. Leave cookies on wire racks until chocolate sets.

Nutrition Facts

(Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies)

Servings Per Recipe 24, Mark as Free Exchange () 0, Potassium (mg) 80, cal. (kcal) 148, vit. A (IU) 194, pro. (g) 2, Thiamin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 16, Fat, total (g) 9, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, vit. C (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 15, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 5, Folate (µg) 16, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, calcium (mg) 10, fiber (g) 1, iron (mg) 1, sodium (mg) 53, sugar (g) 8

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