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Chocolate & Pistachio Cookies

Cookies are one of those things that I absolutely love. More than cake. If you search cookies on my blog, you will find loads of recipes for crunchy cookies, soft cookies, chocolate cookies, shortbread (does that count as a cookie?) and many more. Did you know you can use the recipe bar to see all similar recipes in one place? So you can check out anything that is cookie like, or everything cake or all the desserts just by using this function?

chocolate and pistachio cookies
Freshly baked cookies

This recipe was created on a whim! I was having a very well deserved day of doing nothing – nothing being reading the weekend paper, flicking through a magazine, watching a film and generally having some me time!

The Cookie Recipe

This recipe is based on a recipe I saw in the Waitrose Food magazine (p27) but adapted to make vegan. It uses pretty standard cookie ingredients (butter, sugar, flour), with a bit of baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ground linseed, a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla. Of course, you can then make your cookies any flavour you wish, but I have gone with pistachio and chocolate and they are so very very good!

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Inspired by the Waitrose Food Magazine

Chocolate & Pistachio Cookies

Deliciously soft bake cookies packed with nuts and chocolate.

Course: Biscuits, Dessert, snacks
Keyword: biscuits, chocolate cake, cookies, snacks
Serves: 15 cookies
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 1/2 teaspoon linseed (flaxseed) ground
  • 1.5 teaspoons water
  • 50 g butter (I used Vitalite)
  • 100 g coconut sugar
  • 50 g pistachios (unshelled weight)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 120 g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 45 g dark chocolate chopped (I used a bournville bar)
  1. Mix the linseed with the water in a glass and set aside.

  2. Cream the butter with the sugar until well combined.

  3. Dry fry the pistachios until they just start to release a nutty smell (2-3 minutes). Remove from the heat and tip onto a cool plate. Roughly chop.

  4. Add vanilla to the linseed mix, then stir into the creamed mixture.

  5. Put the flour in the bowl, along with the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

  6. Reserve a handful of pistachios, then mix the rest into the dough along with the chocolate. Make a ball with the dough (I put mine in a clean bowl), cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

  7. Prepare a baking tray with a non stick liner or baking paper. Pinch off golf ball sized bits of dough (or use a cookie/ice-cream scoop) and space out on your tray. You should get 15 balls. Slightly press each ball down to flatten slightly, then sprinkle with the remaining pistachios.

  8. Bake at Gas Mark 4 (350f / 180c) for 12-15 minutes. The edges will be golden and the cookies will have spread slightly. Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before removing on to a wire rack to cool completely.

  9. Enjoy!

What do I need?

You can just use the base recipe and then add your own choice of flavour. Chocolate is always a winner with me, but try milk, white, plain, or even flavoured varieties. Use pistachios or try pecans, or swap the nuts for coconut or even raisins.

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How could you resist these!? Just look at that inside!

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Serve with your favourite cuppa – tea, coffee, milk, hot chocolate and enjoy!


These will store for a few days in an airtight container (if you have any left)! You can also freeze them either as dough, or ready baked. If freezing, portion or separate with greaseproof paper, label, date and freeze.

  • chocolate and pistachio cookies


I hope you make these delicious cookies and see how much you need them in your life! I love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos of these! Will you make pistachio and chocolate, or do you have another idea?

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Laurena x


  • tulips79 9th July 2021 at 08:19

    Ooh, I fancy some of these with a cuppa now🤤 I made something similar recently with cacao nibs but it didn’t really go that well with cookies- I think your idea of using dark choc would be better lol. Talking of pistachios, I’ve been snacking on those during the England matches haha, luckily I found unsalted ones. Come on England this weekend (will be tricky living with a staunch Italian supporter😋) Hope all’s well with you 🙂

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th July 2021 at 08:30

      Yes Eva… you really should make these! So very good! Ooo, great snack choice- I’ve been munching on flavoured crunchy corn. Oh gosh of course⚽️… well, at least you can celebrate either way😋😂Any other weekend plans?

  • tulips79 9th July 2021 at 09:28

    Just looking forward to the match really, although I’ve had mixed feelings about it this year (especially with a certain six month milestone).
    The weather’s been nice and rainy for me theses last few days😜but still very humid- I may walk out in it later to cool myself down hehe. I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the match too… I imagine your son is very excited 😊


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