Holiday Cookie Recipes: Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, & Sea Salt

Joy the Baker's Pistachio and Dark Chocolate cookie recipeWe asked our office what was their favorite cookie to bake during the holidays, both to enjoy themselves and to share with friends and family. We thought we’d share these recipes on the blog with all of you!

This recipe is so yummy, and it originally comes from blogger extraordinaire Joy the Baker. Nuts are a staple in any cookie baking, but pistachio is an unexpected flavor that works beautifully with dark chocolate and smoked salt.

Joy the Baker's Pistachio and Dark Chocolate cookie recipe

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio, and Smoked Sea Salt Cookies
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Serves: 24
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • smoked salt for topping
  1. Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and beat in for about 1 minute. Add vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the mixture all at once to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until just incorporated. Finally mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Dollop or scoop cookie dough by the 2 tablespoonful onto prepared baking tins. Leave about 2 inches of room between each cookie. Sprinkle generously with smoked sea salt.
  5. Bake cookies for 18 minutes, or until just golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies will last, well wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days… as if they’ll last that long.

Find more dessert and cookie recipes on Joy’s blog, or browse recipes on How to Decorate.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    rose c

    December 18, 2015

    what is smoked sea salt and where do you buy it?

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      December 21, 2015

      You may be able to find this in your grocery store, if not we suggest looking at a specialty or gourmet store!