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A Cooking Party + A Chocolate Pistachio Brownie Cookie Recipe!

by Nellie

This post is sponsored by Momtrends on behalf of Wonderful Pistachios.

Wonderful Pistachios-1889This is going to sound weird but it won’t if you have been rocking with me on the blog for a while. I have the weirdest, pickiest food habits. I’ll give you a few examples of what I mean:

Things that I have learned to love in the past two years:
  1. Avocados
  2. Chili
  3. Quinoa
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I’ve got one more very important item to add to that list: Pistachios!!
 
The amazing ladies of Momtrends invited me to a cooking party to try some of the amazing ways pistachios could be prepared in everyday meals. Quite honestly they had me at cooking party.Wonderful Pistachios-1898
 
This wasn’t my first trip to My Cooking Party so I was fully aware of all the fun that was about to be had.
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We got a quick knife lesson (much needed–those knives were ginormous!) and we were off to work. I knew I wanted to cook something in the dessert arena because I am a baker before anything else. Baking is one of my most natural forms of existing. (Remember those seven months of obsessive baking I did when my second child was born?!)Wonderful Pistachios-1932
 
Plus it was so nice to have my homegirl Staci there with me for the fun!23161025194_bc9bb8cf08_h 23161011764_c85b45d4cb_h 23493473000_5c9b29b0a5_h
 
Our mission was to bake Chocolate Brownie Pistachio Cookies. All of the ingredients were prepared so I didn’t have to do much but mix and scoop on the baking plate. Easy and oh so therapeutic.23493475020_9129c7bbd9_h
 
Then we got to sit down and enjoy the six other dishes that were prepared by the rest of the bloggers. It was so great because we all got to say something that we were thankful for and the most common theme was that we were all thankful for our blogger family. <3
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So let’s talk about the food shall we? There was amazing butternut squash, the juiciest tastiest turkey I’ve ever had, salad, a popcorn treat and so much more! Each dish used pistachios and they were the perfect most natural ingredient. The pistachios were also perfect on my cookies!!
 
So here is the recipe for Chocolate Brownie Pistachio Cookies:
Chocolate Brownie Pistachio Cookies

Wonderful Pistachio Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies pack a ton of chocolate punch with gorgeous green Wonderful Pistachios to make them festive.

Prep: 20 minutes / Time to Table: 40 minutes / Makes: 4 dozen
cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

16 ounces chopped dark chocolate (about 2¾ cups)

¼ cup unsalted butter (4 tablespoons)

3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk

¾ cup light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 cups, shelled Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted, roughly chopped

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (about cup)

2 teaspoons flaked sea salt

  1. Heat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until just hot and butter is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and stir mixture, until completely melted; set aside to cool.
  4. Beat eggs and both sugars in an electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, at medium speed, about 5 minutes, until thickened and light. Pour cooled chocolate mixture in two batches, mixing after each addition. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in 1½ cups Wonderful Pistachios by hand.
  5. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough, about 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Bake about 10 minutes, alternating pans half-way through, until cookies are puffed and cracked on top. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
  6. Meanwhile, chop remaining Wonderful Pistachios finely. Melt bittersweet chocolate. Place wire rack with cookies on baking sheet. Drizzle chocolate over cookies and sprinkle with remaining finely chopped Wonderful Pistachios and flaked sea salt.
 And because I care about you even more I will share the incredible Pistachios, Peach and Barley Salad Recipe!
Pistachios, Peach and Barley Salad Recipe

Wonderful Pistachios, Peach and Barley Salad

A fresh summer salad with the crunch of Wonderful Pistachios and delicious peaches.

Prep: 15 minutes / Time to Table: 1 hour a 5 minutes / Serves: 4

⅔ cup pearled barley

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 cups trimmed green beans

¼ cup pistachio oil, or olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

3 cups baby arugula

2 ripe peaches, sliced ¼-inch thick

cup crumbled ricotta salata

cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted, roughly chopped

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in barley, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook about 45 minutes, until barley is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and set aside 10 minutes. Add parsley, fluff barley with a fork and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in another saucepan; boil string beans about 5 minutes, until crisp and tender. Blanch in ice water and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk pistachio oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; toss with arugula, string beans, and half the sliced peaches.
  4. Place greens mixture on individual plates. Top with a scoop of barley, remaining peaches, ricotta salata and pistachios. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

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Have you ever used pistachios in such fun ways? Have you ever been to a cooking party?

 

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9 comments

CARLA December 21, 2015 - 5:36 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE ME SOME WONDERFUL.
<3 <3
and plop em in everything these days (to the delight AND dismay of the child).

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Allie December 21, 2015 - 5:52 am

Oh how I wish I could embrace baking and cooking like you do!!! I’m actually talking on my blog today about my epic Pinterest fails over the past week in the baking arena!! Clearly you need to come to my house and teach me your ways Nellie!!!
And WOW that’s a lot of bloggers cooking!!

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Janine Huldie December 21, 2015 - 6:46 am

I absolutely love pistachios and baking, too. So, you know I am going to have to try your cookie recipe now. Thanks for sharing it here with me, Nellie!!! 🙂

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Bea December 21, 2015 - 7:23 am

I have a lot of pistachios on hand but they are not salted so I may have to improvise there. Caannot wait to make these! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

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Bea December 21, 2015 - 7:30 am

My Twitter is not my name, sorry. @secrtsfrmyapron

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Tamara December 21, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Your dress! So captivating!
And yes, wonderful pistachios. Cassidy can eat them by the bagful. We all love them. Des asks for a bowl of “green ones” which means us shelling his pistachios for him. Once we bought the already shelled kind and he lost his mind.
And the cookies!!

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kita December 22, 2015 - 2:06 am

I think I am turning over a new leaf. I want the salad more lol. Love the party and I see you doing that baking!

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Britt December 22, 2015 - 4:53 am

This cooking party looks so fun! I love pistachios and avocados. Quinoa depends on how it is prepared!

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Leslie January 4, 2016 - 8:41 pm

I’m with you, babe. Baking is just one of my favorite things – I just don’t like what it does to my hips! These cookies sound delicious. Can’t wait to give them a try!

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