Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Stepping out my front door I can look down the street to see Christmas lights hanging from the rooftops in the middle of November. We haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving but people are prepping early this year for Christmas. It truly seems that each year the excitement comes earlier and earlier and we seem to rush by the other great holidays. Stores start prepping in July and once Halloween is over everyone is breaking out the red and green.

Yes, I am already buying Christmas presents because as a new mom I don’t really want to fight the rush. I have no problem pushing the buy button on my iPhone to purchase presents for the family in my lounge pants and nursing top.

Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

As the holidays approach people are often thinking about edible Christmas gifts or cookie exchanges. My friend Laurie from Simply Scratch just came out with her own Simply Scratch cookbook. It has 120 easy homemade recipes that are made from scratch. I decided to put my love for cookies to the test by making her Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies from the book.

Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This book has you covered with homemade sauces, aiolis, soups, entrees and lots of fun desserts. You can find this newly released Simply Scratch cookbook on Amazon for a great price. Laurie I’m so proud of you and the accomplishment of such a great cookbook that people can use with their families.

I’m also giving the chance for one A Zesty Bite reader the chance to win the Simply Scratch Cookbook.  It’s the perfect time to receive this cookbook before Christmas arrives.  Just leave a comment letting me know you would like to receive the cookbook.  You must be a US citizen to enter and the winner will be randomly chosen on November 27th!

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


  • 2¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2⁄3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (I use 60% cacao), chopped
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars on medium-low speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each egg. Add the vanilla and blend until combined.
  4. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture and mix until the flour is incorporated. Add the chopped dark chocolate and pistachios to the batter. Mix on low until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl one last time.
  5. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the scoops an inch or so apart. Sprinkle them with a small pinch of sea salt.
  6. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Let the cookies cool slightly, 2 to 3 minutes, before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Reprinted from Simply Scratch by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2015, Laurie McNamara

All images and text ©.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

13 comments on “Salted Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Giveaway}”

  1. These cookies look insanely delicious!!! and omigosh I would loooove the Simply Scratch cookbook!

  2. These cookies look unreal! Love all the salty sweet flavor play 🙂

  3. Meagan your photos make me wish I could reach through the screen and take one (okay, three). It means so much to me that you would review my book, make these cookies and host a giveaway… all with a new baby at home! Seriously you are Super Woman! Thank you SO very much! XoXo

  4. I would love to win this cookbook so my mom and I can make recipes together over the holidays!

  5. Looks delicious! I would love to win the cookbook!!

  6. Those look so yummy! I would love to win Laurie’s cookbook! I have been an avid follower of Simply Scratch since I first got married. Her recipes always deliver! 🙂

  7. I would love to win a cookbook! I have been an avid Simply Scratch follower since I’ve been married. Her recipes always deliver!

  8. I love her recipes! Good luck everyone!

  9. I’d love for the chance to own this book

  10. Looks delicious! Would love to cook from that cookbook

  11. I’d like to win because this would be a perfect Xmas gift for my mother-in-law!

  12. The book looks amazing.

Leave a Comment »