February 25, 2013

Pistachio Cake Mix Cookies for St. Patrick's Day

A few more weeks until St. Patrick's Day and you can never start making green treats too soon, can you?  Don't answer that.   

I got the idea for these at around 10:00 last Friday night.  I went into the kitchen to make them and "oh no" I didn't have any pistachio pudding.  I pulled on my boots and headed to the store.  I thought it would be a quiet and peaceful trip, but surprisingly the store was still packed with people.  Late shoppers. 
20 minutes later . . .  I was home making these amazing cookies.  Then, by that time, it seemed too late to eat cookies, so I made the dough and refrigerated overnight.  

They are soft and chewy and have a perfect pistachio and almond flavor.  Creamy white chocolate chips are a perfect addition.  I was thinking marshmallows might be delicious too!  These were a hit in my house.  
Pistachio Cake Mix Cookies
1 white cake mix
1 small box instant pistachio pudding mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 tsp. almond extract, opt.
a few drops green food coloring, opt
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine cake mix and pudding mix.  Add the eggs, oil, almond extract and green food coloring.  Mix the best you can using a hand mixer.  If batter is too stiff, finish mixing with a wooden spoon.  Stir in 1 cup of the white chocolate chips.  Roll dough into 1'' - 1 1/2'' balls and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Press 2 or 3 white chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Tops will be cracked and outside will be very slightly browned.  Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.  

Jenn's Notes:  The dough is pretty greasy, but it tastes perfect once baked.  I added four drops of green food coloring.  I refrigerated my dough overnight and my cookies were done at 12-13 minutes.    

43 comments:

  1. These look and sound fantastic, Jenn! Thanks for sharing another one of your yummy recipes! :)

    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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    1. mine are not flat like yours, they are round and puffy,

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    2. I see puffy cake mix cookies all the time, but mine always turn out flat. It might be a difference in altitude? I do live at high altitude.

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  2. These are so pretty ~ love the color and they look and sound delicious!

    Thank you so very much for linking up to Project Inspire{d}.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  3. yummy green cake
    www.cakepud.blogspot.com

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  4. Love these! The color is GREAT

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    1. I'm so glad you think the color is fine, because I was thinking it could be just a little greener.

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  5. Wow, these are beautiful -- and the recipe looks simple to make! Thanks for the great St. Patrick's Day idea.

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    1. These are way easy and super yummy!

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  6. Do you think they HAVE to be refrigerated overnight?

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    1. No you can bake these immediately!

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  7. These look so awesome! I might just have to make them for my Irish mom!

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  8. These look soooo good. Thanks for sharing. I'm for anything green! We're having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa - Saturday Dishes that is featuring green food. These would be perfect. Hope you will bring them over. www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog

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  9. Love this! I'd like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-6/

    Hope to see you there :)

    April

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  10. I just love the pale green color of these cookies! So pretty and I bet really delicious! Found your beautiful site through the Saturday Dishes party on Tumbleweed Contessa. So glad I did!

    www.pinkpatisserie.blogspot.com

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  11. These look so delicious. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. I hope you'll come back next week when we feature Easter recipes. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com

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  12. I love the color that they turned out. Beautiful shade of green!

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  13. Happy Monday, Jenn ~ I just wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring these delicious beauties tonight at Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a fabulous week,

    Mary Beth

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  14. Hi! I've nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogger award. If you would like to participate, you can see the details here: http://wearychef.com/2013/03/06/lucky-me-super-sweet-bloggers-award/

    No worries if you don't have time, but I wanted to mention you and your SWEET blog :)

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  15. I brought it down to 1/3 cup of oil, and added some water. I ended up with greener cookies, probably used about 8-10 drops--kinda not on purpose, but it happened! thanks for the recipe! Found it on pinterst!

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    1. That sounds perfect. I'm so glad you let me know. I will make them the same as you next time!

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  16. These are so yummy and easy to make! ThanK you!

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  17. They look so yummy! I will try to cook some for the bicycle meeting we have this weekend! I know my friends are going to love them!

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  18. They look delicious! I want to try them! When you say cake-mix and instant puddingmix, do you just use the powder and add the rest or do you do what says to do on those boxes seperatly, first?

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    1. Just use the powder for both, then add the remaining ingredients in the recipe above. - Jenn

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  19. I really like the cookies. Their color combination is just perfect. I really like love the white chocolate chips on the green cookie. It is giving it a photogenic look.

    Thanks
    cookiecutter.com/birds.aspx

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  20. These are delicious and the cutest cookies ever, I did not add any food coloring, they are beautiful. Have you made this recipe using other flavors of pudding? I was thinking coconut cream, macadamia nuts and chocolate chips. Thanks Jenn :)

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    1. A coconut cream version with nuts would be amazing!!! Great idea :)
      I have tried a Banana Funfetti version:
      http://www.eatcakefordinner.net/2013/04/banana-rainbow-chip-cookies.html

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  21. Do you think a vanilla cake mix would taste ok in the cookie?

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  22. I made these today using a gingerbread pudding mix and french vanilla cake mix. They came out great. I hadn't even had them on the cooling rack long when they started disappearing.....lol. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds like a fantastic combination. Thanks for letting me know.

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