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Pistachio Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whenever I visit our local library with daughter,I'm sure will borrow some cooking or baking books .One of the baking book I borrow is Chocolate American Style by Lora Brody.The photography is quite impressive and the recipe is easy to follow..One of the recipe I choose is Orange Pistachio Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies but I omit few ingredients to suit my taste..
Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups(11.25 oz) all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter(8 oz),room temperature
3/4 cup (6oz) granulated sugar( I reduced to 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup (6 oz) light brown sugar,packed(I reduced to 1/2 cup)
2 extra-large eggs (I used large egg instead)
2 tsp almond extract (I replaced wt vanilla extract
1/4 orange oil or 2 large grated zest oranges( I omit both)
1 1/2 cups (7.5 oz) milk choc chips
1 1/2 shelled pistachios,salted or unsalted,left whole( I crushed coarsely)
Yield about 4 1/2 dozen







Method:

1:Preheat the oven to 375 F with rack in the center position.Line 2 baking sheets with silicone pan liners or parchment paper.

2:Sift the flour ,baking soda and salt into a medium bowl.Place the butter,granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.Using an electric mixer set on high speed,beat the mixture until it is light and fluffy,about 2 minutes.Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the eggs,one at a time, and mix zest and finally the flour.When the flour mixture is totally incorporated,mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

3:Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons on the prepared sheets,placing the portions 2 inches apart.Bake the cookies,one sheet at a time, until they just begin to brown around the edges,10-12 minutes.The center should remain pale.Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes,then transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

4:Bake the remaining cookies in the same way. (You do not have to replace the lining material for subsequent batches).

5:Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Note:

If you like flat,crisp,chewy cookies,slam the cookie sheets down on a work surface halfway through the baking time.If you like softer cookies,skip this step.
These make great freeze and serve cookies:
Form the dough into 2 logs 10 inches long and about 2 inches wide.Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and again in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
To bake:Use a sharp knife to cut the still frozen dough into 3/4 inches slices. place the slices 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets and allow them to defrost for 15 minutes before baking them according to the directions above.






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10 comments:

Baking Fiend said...
April 13, 2009 at 1:16 AM

looks crunchy! i love pistachios. :)

hop over to my blog... i've got an award waiting for ya. :P

Sally said...
April 13, 2009 at 10:07 AM

wow...i love pistachios too but recently pistachios nuts had been recall. Anyway... love ur cookies recipe and will try it when the recall is over...thx for sharing!!!

Food For Tots said...
April 13, 2009 at 10:24 AM

When we go to the library, my son will borrow all his books and leave no credit to me.....I luv looking at all the cookies you made....making me drooling now......

Little Corner of Mine said...
April 13, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I thought it looks cake like and soft. :P So, what is the texture of this cookie?

beachlover said...
April 14, 2009 at 2:53 AM

noobcook:
Thank you:P

baking fiend:
thank you for your wonderful award,appreciated it!

Sally:
thanks for dropping by:) I get mine pistachio at Trader's Joe and make sure the manufacture company is not the one for recalled..

food4tots:
why la your son whack all the credit? We're allow 25 books each time or visit with an account but I don't think we can finish 25/50 books in 3 weeks..thanks!

LCOM:
this cookies is soft and crispy not like cake texture..it's really good!!

Sara said...
April 14, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Pistachios sound great in chocolate chip cookies.

My Asian Kitchen said...
April 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM
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Food For Tots said...
April 22, 2009 at 6:09 AM

In Spore, 1 card = 4 books. Sometimes 1 card = 8 books during school holidays. I have 4 cards n I spent a lot of time searching English & Mandarin books for him. So no time to get my own books. Carrying a heavy load is also another prob to me. Hehehe!

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.