Pistachio Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have a meeting with a tax professional today. So to prep, I made (and ate) about 10,000 of these pistachio pudding chocolate chip cookies.

Pistachio chocolate chip cookies

You can tell how anxious I am because you’ll see that these have a double dose of chocolate. Each soft, chewy cookie is topped with a salted, milk chocolate glaze.

salted pistachio cookies

Because when you’re about to meet with someone who is going to tell you how much you owe Uncle Sam after not paying taxes for a year, a few chocolate chips inside a cookie are not enough. TRUST ME. I’ve been saving but I’m still fairly certain I’m going to need to pay double what I have, sign over the deed to our house, donate all of my blood and give away my first unborn child. So if I disappear without a trace, know that I didn’t fall prey to foul play and instead ran away to Mexico to hide with all the other tax evaders and white collar criminals.

Pistachio pudding cookies with salted glaze

HA! I’m kidding IRS. I’m not that brave. Plus, could you really imagine me hiding away? My bright red hair and loud, boisterous personality? They’d find me in a second. Plus, I’m addicted to instagram. I’m not giving that up. All in all, I’m 98% sure I’m blowing this all up in my head and the actual total due won’t be that big of a shock. I just have a bit of a flair for the dramatic and my mind is always thinking worst case scenarios.

Oh and for those of you who are freelancers and know that the total sum includes a blood oath and my first born, just do me a little favor. DON’T TELL ME. Just nod and smile while you read my ignorant words, mmk? In the mean time, I’ll be stuffing my face with all the cookies while surfing the web for prime real estate in Mexico 😉

Pistachio Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chunky pistachio pudding cookies


Yields about 22 medium – large cookies. Recipe adapted from Creations by Kara.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Cook time: 8 – 12 minutes


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, soft
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3 ounce box pistachio pudding mix (sub in 3 fat-free, sugar-free boxes if you’d like)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter, applesauce, sugar and pudding mix together until fully mixed. Stir in vanilla and eggs with a wooden spoon. Gradually add flour and baking soda until a thick dough forms. Add about 1 cup of chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Place about one tablespoon size scoops of dough on the cookie sheet, about an inch apart. Bake for 8 – 12 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown (cooking time varies based on your oven).
  4. Remove from the pan and let cool on a wire cooling rack. Once cooled, heat the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Then, drizzle on the cookies and garnish with sea salt.

Nutritional information per cookie: 

Calories: 152
Fat: 6.25 grams
Carbohydrates: 23.2 grams
Fiber: 1 grams
Protein: 2.8 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4

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  1. Posted by Sophia @ NY Foodgasm on
    Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    This look sooooo good! I may make them but add in some actual pistachios! I love pistachios!
  2. Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    Uggggghhhhh tax season but yuuuummmmmm these cookies!
  3. Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    Mmmm, cookies! I'm sending good vibes that you owe either very little, or maybe the IRS will give you a pass and just send you money instead. We can dream, right?
  4. Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    stress cookies are the best. they taste even better under those high stress times.
  5. Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    I looove pistachios! And pistachio ice cream, and pudding, I bet Im going to love these!!
  6. Posted by a farmer in the dell on
    Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    This recipe has me totally intrigued! I am definitely going to give this a go!
  7. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    Mmm, cookies! Love that chocolate glaze!
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    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
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  9. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    I love pistachios, there one of my favorite nuts, yet I don't think I eat enough of them!! Wonderful little cookie recipe!
  10. Posted by Kristina on
    Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    haha! Thank God for chocolate.

    These look delissshhh! Smothering them in chocolate and sea salt in genius.
  11. Friday, February 22nd, 2013
    Love that you topped these with a salted milk chocolate glaze!
  12. Monday, February 25th, 2013
    These look incredible and tax meeting or not, I would eat most of them as well :D