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Oatmeal Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

This weekend I had a visitor from Crete. Remember telling you about our friends in Crete sending us all that xynomyzithra cheese? There daughter is in the same University as my son and they are preparing their thesis together. They usually do most of the work online but sometimes they have to meet and review what they have done. Last month my son went to Crete and now Sophia visited us. Guess what? Sophia brought more cheese. On Sunday morning I was baking all morning as I wanted to send some cookies along with other things to her mom.

Sophia is engaged and lives with her fiancé and she has four brothers and sisters so I wanted to make a big quantity to send to her family but some for her as well.

After reading a few recipes on the Internet, the only information I have kept from those recipes was the proportion of butter – sugar – eggs – flour and oatmeal. All the other ingredients were my addition, as I wanted to use ingredients I had at home. I have made this recipe before using pecans, chocolate and craisins but I prefer this one. This time, I used pistachios, a few craisins about 1/4 cup so I added raisins as well and leftover chocolate tiles from the Cuckoos’ nest chocolate cake, as well as other chocolate pieces. I used dark chocolate flakes* as I remember making some cookies with corn flakes ages ago. The addition of coarse sea salt was also very good as the salt did not dissolve and occasionally, you got a salty taste here and there. The previous time I had used vanilla essence but this time I forgot to add it and it proved that it was not necessary. This is a photo of the first batch.

Preparation time: about 45 minutes

Cooking time: about two hours

Makes: about 100 cookies


  • 11/2 cups (370 grams) of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 11/2 (300 grams) cups of sugar
  • 11/2 (240 grams) cups of dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons of fresh cream
  • 5 cups of self raising flour (650 grams)
  • 11/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coarse sea salt
  • 3 cups (240 grams) of instant quaker oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of pistachios, raw and unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups (75 grams) of fitness dark chocolate flakes*
  • ½ cup of mixed raisins and craisins

* Whole wheat cereal flakes or any other cereal flakes. If you don’t have any of these, add a little bit of flour or oats.


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Cream the butter and sugars together on high speed while you are preparing all the other ingredients.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, quaker oats and chocolate flakes.

Lower mixer speed at minimum and start adding the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add the fresh cream and beat for 3 minutes at full speed, being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

At this point I added the hook and on low speed I added the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, being sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl once or twice to ensure even mixing again.

Add in the pistachios, craisins-raisins and dark chocolate chips.

With an ice cream scoop I scooped out a ball, which I divided into four pieces. Each quarter, I shaped it round and placed it on parchment lined baking tins leaving a lot of space as the cookies will spread.

Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven or until golden brown.

Allow to cool on the cookie sheets before moving to a baking rack to cool completely.

I rarely bake using the air but I was pressured by time to bake other things as well, so I added two tins simultaneously and the same time was needed as well.

I baked 5 tins x 20 cookies each.

I am sending these to Happy Cook, of My Kitchen Treasures, who is hosting the event Home made Christmas Gifts.

I am also sending them to Lore, of Culinarty, for her Event Original Recipes Round-Up #6, dedicated to Winter Holidays and festive concoctions.

And some exciting news: These came in the mail yesterday morning from Giz, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen. They arrived from Canada in less than a week and you still have a lot of time to order for Christmas and New year, to make little gifts, for teachers or friends.

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30 Responses

  1. WOw cookie looks yummy…love the ingredients..healthy n great one..

  2. What great cookies! They look ever so good!

    Cheers and have a nice day,


  3. Ivy, the pistachios are a stroke of genius in this recipe! Bravo!

  4. Thankyou for sending this to my way too. The look absloutley great.
    You baked them with those flakes, that is indeed wonderful i didn’t knowwe could do that. I am sure sofia and her family will love thses cookies too.

  5. These are some of my absolute favorite ingredients in the whole world…love them together in cookies! YUM!

  6. Great biscuit recipe. I’m sure they were appreciated. I’m really loving the salt in this Ivy…nice touch.

  7. Your cookies are so full of all kinds of lovely stuff. I bet Sophie and your friends enjoyed them very much.

  8. Niki

    My dad LOVES oatmeal raisin cookies and LOVES pistachios, and to combine the two…. i never thought about it. I cannot wait to try this for him!

  9. Mmm… I love the texture of these cookies, Ivy. They look so chewy. And just the thought of the pistachios inside makes me smile!

  10. Ben

    What wonderful ingredients for cookies. I think this year I am going to end up making a lot of cookies that will have to send to my family in Mexico. Hehe.

  11. How sweet of you to bake cookies for them. How lucky they are. They look so delicious with those pistachios and dark chocolate.

  12. Beautiful cookies Ivy!! Chocolate, pistachios and oatmeal ~ absolutely lovely.

    Rosie x

  13. How nice Ivy, I notice you used the dough hook attachment, would the normal whisk attachemnt work too?

  14. I love oatmeal in cookies and this recipe looks delicious. I will have to try it soon, as I am used to making them only with raisins and oatmeal. Who can resist the addition of pistachios and chocolate?!

  15. Ivy

    Hi everybody. Thanks for the lovely comments.

    I forgot to mention in the post above the flakes. I did not crush them neither the pistachios and the flakes gave a lovely crispy touch.

    Anudivya, I changed the whisk to the hook attachment as I was afraid with all those ingredients that it would be too much. If you don’t have a hook, use the whisk but if you see that your mixer will not take any more mixing, just continue mixing them in with a spoon or a spatula.

  16. heart n soul

    lucky Sofia! wonderful cookies, chocolate and pistachio mmm!

  17. I am sure your friends would enjoy these cookies sis. They would be delicious with or without Craisins. I love the festive colour of both cranberries and pistachios for the holiday colours of green and red:D

  18. Lucky friends–those cookies sound like a great treat

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  20. Your cookies look really yummy. Chocolate and pistachios make a nice combination. 🙂

  21. Ivy I love these cookies! But I think I’m the only one who ‘s never seen chocolate flakes…Is this a cereal???

  22. giz

    I love recipes that give you huge yield. Since I’m the freezer queen, I pack them up and always have something on hand to give away. This is a perfect recipe for that and I like that I can change it up.

    I was so surprised at how quickly everything arrived. Fan-tas-tic!!!

  23. Ivy

    Bunny sorry I did not clarify that. It’s a whole wheat cereal but you can add regular flakes if you don’t have any of these or don’t add them at all but just increase a little with either flour or oats. I will add this in the post as people may not read the comments.

    Giz so was I, but happily surprised.

  24. I thought u packed them for me…:-(. Anyways better luck next time. Looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

  25. Delicious Ivy! You have some very lucky friends.

  26. sunita

    Isn’t it nice to have friends? Those cookies look delicious 🙂

  27. They have all the ingredients I would’ve want in a Christmas cookie and I could easily make a dozen of them disappear in no time :D. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Original Recipes Round-Up!

  28. Oh everything looks so good. Great pictures.

  29. PG

    these are lovely! And so tempting! I would love to bite into these.

  30. These look nice!