Dark Chocolate, Cherry and Pistachio Cookies

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by Amber on January 17, 2012

More often than not, I cannot leave well enough alone. Whether it’s where a vase sits in the living room, the recipe I can kick up a notch, or even the fonts on this blog – if I think about something for a little too long, I have to change it, make it better.

A few weeks ago you may have clocked a change here on B&B – I finally found some fonts I well and truly loved. So I went back to my developer’s emailed instructions, and patiently set to changing them. Thank the sweet Lord for Chris Graver, is all I have to say.

Chris created the backbone of Bluebonnets & Brownies, took a Photoshop-created mock up I made, and turned it into a reality. He’s an excellent designer, and all around good guy. Every time I email him, he responds cheerily, and he’s always happy to help.

When I decided to mess around with those fonts, I messed a few things up. Chris came to the rescue quick as he could, and fixed it all without even the mention of what I might owe him. I couldn’t let that go by without some sort of thank you.

I thought, “I bet Chris would like some cookies”, and so I created some cookies that are a little like his personality. Sweet and tart, and a little nutty! (Hi Chris!)

I started with my favorite Saucer-sized oatmeal cookie recipe from Pam Anderson’s Perfect Recipe for Having People Over. Seriously one of the best cookie recipes you’ll ever find, people.

Make these cookies for someone who’s been nice to you. Or even someone who hasn’t. It helps to throw ‘em off your trail. ;)

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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray January 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM

These are so colorful! (I feel like I just said that on a recent post of yours…) They look so tasty, love all the flavors in them.


Amber January 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Haha, well, Rachel, I’m definitely a fan of colorful food, so that’s okay. Thanks for stopping by!


Kathryn January 17, 2012 at 9:10 AM

These look so wonderfully crisp and chewy and I love the red and green of the cherries and pistachio!


Amber January 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Thanks, Kathryn. They certainly are chewy. Mmm, I wish I still had some!


Katrina January 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

These sound so yummy! Pistachios make me happy.


Amber January 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Funny story, Katrina. I thought I hated them. Then I forced myself to try them again. Holy what was I missing! :)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

These look so lovely… I love cherry and pistachio together, and with dark chocolate? Perfect!


Amber January 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I’m thinking that flavor combo would be pretty spectacular in a muffin or pancake too, Jen.


Casey@Good. Food. Stories. January 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I hope Chris loved the cookies! He totally deserves them.


Amber January 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

He did, and he does! He’s such a good guy.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

These look so tasty. I find cookies irresistible


Amber January 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Thanks, Samantha! I do too. Cookies are one of my favorite things!


Baker Street January 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Dark cherries and chocolate!! I love the combination. the cookies look really decadent.


foodwanderings January 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I am crazy for anything oatmeal and find combining it with cherries is a superb pairing!!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Love the combination of cherries and pistachios!


Tracy January 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Haha, these are so fun! Even though I can’t have pistachios I bet they’re delicious even without them. :-)


Jamie | My Baking Addiction January 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Chris is pretty awesome and I love how you described these cookies based on his personality – so accurate! I’m sure he absolutely loved these delicious cookies!


Lannie February 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

gosh, so many delicious ingredients in these cookies, how could i NOT try it??


Jackie June 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM


Where did you purchase your dried BLACK cherries, I’m having a hard time finding them,


Amber June 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Jackie, they’re available at my regular grocery store in the bulk food area. Whole Foods usually has them and so does Trader Joe’s, but you should be able to find Ocean Spray’s version pretty easily or you could sub in dried cranberries.


Jackie June 7, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Hi Amber

When is the flour mixture incorporated into this recipe.


Michelle September 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Whipped up a batch of these tonite — I think my co-workers will be swooning tomorrow.

Typical for me, I didn’t have all the mix-ins, so I substituted 2c of Trader Joe’s Trek Mix (macadamias, almonds, cranberries, and candied ginger). YOWZA!!

I liked that the butter is melted (sometimes I’m impatient or didn’t buy the butter until THAT EVENING) and that there is a huge amount of oats — makes a really chewy cookie.


Michelle (continued) September 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

(posted prematurely as the husband was blathering on about the comcast bill)

I made mine a little smaller — more like golfball sized — to fit eight on a pan with a yield of 50 cookies. Bake for 10 min, rotate the pan, bake for 3 to 4 more minutes. I like mine golden, so 4 was perfect for me, but 3 would leave it a little softer/chewier.


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