If there’s one thing Lloyd loves, it’s
Actually, it’s fantasy football, leaving half full (I’m an optimist!) cups of water laying around the house, fried dough, You Tube videos, Junior Mints, and hockey.
Sometimes, I’m nice, and I buy him pistachios to snack on. Most of the time, I’m selfish, and buy pistachios to bake with. All of the time, Lloyd dominates the pistachios as soon as I walk in the door with them. That’s probably the reason that there is one lone recipe using pistachios on this blog.
Those overpriced nuts don’t stand a chance in this house.
Awhile ago, I stumbled upon a container of pinachios at Trader Joe’s. They looked like something Lloyd would love: butter cookies with pistachios. I decided to give them a whirl. Not surprisingly, they didn’t last long in this house. I’m pretty sure Lloyd ate the entire container in one sitting.
After sending an SOS out on Facebook and Twitter to find a great butter cookie recipe, I got to work creating my own version. (Thanks to reader, Stacy, for providing me with the base for these cookies!)
Yields about 2 dozen
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C pistachios, chopped
- 2 C white chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar egg yolks, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix in flour a little bit at a time until a soft dough forms.
- Slowly mix in pistachios and white chocolate chips.
- If dough is too soft, refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
These buttery sweetness of the cookie pairs nicely with the rich, mellow pistachios. The white chocolate and the nuts play nicely off each other. The cookies are light and crispy, leaving behind just the smallest crumb with each bite.
Needless to say, this homemade version didn’t last long, either.
Because if there’s one thing that Lloyd loves, it’s