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Sea Salt Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thick, chewy pistachio chocolate chip cookies with a sprinkling of sea salt – a pistachio lover’s dream.

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If you like the crunch and the taste of pistachios, you are in luck – this is THE cookie for you!

If you don’t like pistachios (what?) or are allergic (I’m sorry) – here are some other ideas. 🙂

Scattered chocolate chips and pistachio pieces.

OK, with that established, let’s move on to discuss what makes these so amazing. Not that it’s complicated – quite the opposite. We’ve got chocolate chips. We’ve got pistachios. Yum and yum.

A pile of sea salt pistachio chocolate chip cookies, with one cookie broken apart.

A thick, substantial cookie dough made with Dutch-process cocoa gives the cookie itself plenty of chocolate flavor. So when you add in the chocolate chips, you’re heading straight for double chocolate heaven. Plus the pistachios. Plus the sea salt. Come to mama!

In love with these gorgeous, thick, chewy pistachio chocolate chip cookies - especially that sprinkling of sea salt on top!Click To Tweet

I ate more of these than I should have myself, and of course my husband helped. (My son’s suspicion of all things green evidently extends to pistachios. Hah! His loss in this case!)

At my office, where I delivered most of the batch, these cookies were inhaled even faster than most treats I bring in, with several coworkers admitting they were on their third or fourth cookie, usually as they walked back past my office door en route from the break room. So I think we can safely say these will be widely-loved!

An example of more jagged-y cookies formed when you don't roll the dough into a smooth ball before baking.

One minor note on the process – this batter is incredibly straightforward, so there’s not much in the way of “tips,” but one choice to highlight for you. If you just scoop out the dough into heaping tablespoons and place it straight on the baking tray, you’ll wind up with cookies that look like those in the photo immediately above – nice and round, but a little jagged on top.

If you want them to be more smooth, like the ones on the right, no problem, just take an extra minute to roll the scoops of dough between your hands into smooth balls before baking. Easy peasy. The taste is the same. The visual choice is yours.

But, either way, don’t forget to add the sea salt – it is THE perfect finishing touch to set off all that rich chocolate! I find sea salt adheres best if you sprinkle it on before baking, but if you forget, it would also be fine to add right after the cookies come out of the oven.

Flat-lay photo of sea salt pistachio chocolate chip cookies.

Out of the oven and into your life! Now what are you waiting for? Make these and enjoy! ♥

A pile of sea salt pistachio chocolate chip cookies.

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Sea Salt Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies




Yield about 2 dozen cookies

Thick, chewy chocolate cookie dough loaded with chocolate chips and crunchy pistachios, then sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt. Heaven!


  • 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (63 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling on cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (213 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (120 grams) shelled pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Set aside.
  3. With a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until well-combined.
  4. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and pistachios by hand.
  5. Scoop the dough into heaping tablespoons and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. (You can either leave the scoops as they are, or roll them slightly with your hands into smooth balls. See photos above for a visual of what each will look like when baked.) Sprinkle the top of each cookie with additional sea salt.
  6. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, until just set but still soft in the center. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then move to a wire cooling rack. Cookies will keep well stored at room temperature for 2-3 days.


Recipe ever so slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod.

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  • Reply
    Leslie Haasch
    February 25, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever made a recipe that included chocolate and pistachios – but I have no idea why! These look amazing!

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    Matt Kearns
    February 20, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Holy absolute crap these cookies look amazing! I’m a big fan of pistachios and I will definitely be making this recipe! Great job Monica!

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      February 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Matt – I hope you enjoy the taste just as much! 🙂

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    Tracy Koslicki
    February 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my gosh I think I’d be the favorite person in my office if I brought these guys in! They sound AMAZING. Genius adding pistachios AND sea salt!!!

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    Pam Greer
    February 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I love the chocolate pistachio combination! I think I might have some pistachios in the freezer! And I know I have chocolate!

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    Marie - Not Enough Cinnamon
    February 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    You’ve said it: YUM and YUM! I never really thought of this combo before but it sounds amazing!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    February 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    These sound and look incredible – a batch of gooey, chewy deliciousness. I’m a big fan of pistachios and sea salt so these sound like a dream to me

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    February 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I love pistachios!! These cookies WOW! I love the combo of flavor in them!!!

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