Mocha Pistachio Cookies

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    Mocha pistachio cookies are the perfect snack for that afternoon pick-me-up!

    You won’t believe what I ended up doing yesterday. After my gripes about how I don’t want Fall/Winter yet and how I want summer to last longer…I went shopping with my girlfriends and I ended up buying a winter coat. Not just a light Fall coat but a full-on, puffy winter coat that looks like the Michelin man and it is the warmest thing ever. I’m such a hypocrite. It’s so hard to not buy Fall/Winter stuff when they’re everywhere in stores and when they’re so dastardly cute! And while we’re on the topic of Fall/Winter attire, let me just say: SCARVES. That is all. *squeals*

    Maybe I really do have a love/hate relationship with Fall/Winter.

    Mocha pistachio cookies are the perfect snack for that afternoon pick-me-up!

    I absolutely adore coffee grounds in cookies. There’s just something about that coffee flavor and scent that makes me want to devour the entire batch! I had a bag of pistachios leftover from my Diamond Nuts culinary ambassadorship and instead of just eating them by the handful (even though I could totally do that cause hello, shelled pistachios are the BEST – no labor! haha), I decided to bake them in cookies. Best life decision ever. Soft cookies with coffee grounds and pistachios are my kind of heaven!

    Mocha pistachio cookies are the perfect snack for that afternoon pick-me-up!

    Mocha Pistachio Cookies

    Mocha pistachio cookies are the perfect snack for that afternoon pick-me-up!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 13 mins
    Total Time: 23 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 3
    Calories: 183kcal
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    • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups bread flour, you may use AP flour instead if you don't have it on hand
    • 4 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon heaping coffee grounds, fine or coarse
    • 1 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • In a large bowl, add flours, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and coffee grounds. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
    • Using a spatula, fold in the chopped pistachios.
    • Bake for 11-13 minutes. They will look super soft but they continue cooking after you remove them from the oven.
    • Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container.


    Nutrition Facts
    Mocha Pistachio Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
    Calories 183 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Carbohydrates 22g7%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 11g12%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Naomi says:

    Ha, we are on the same baking wave length– I just did some coffee cookies too!

  • Naomi says:

    Ugh, my trigger happy finger . . . I love that you threw in pistachios . Great idea!!

  • Note all I want for breakfast is these cookies!!

  • Tieghan says:

    I love the mocha and the pistachios together. What a great combo for cookies!

  • Maria says:

    Wish I had one for breakfast!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Beautiful cookies Julie!! Mmm!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love the sound of these cookies!

  • Heidi @foodiecrush says:


  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I’m with you! I could buy scarves when it’s 100 degrees out. Now, pass me a cookie!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    My tired brain mashed the title together and I saw ‘Moustache Cookies’.
    The actual version sounds much better. ;)

  • Rachel says:

    Scarves and boots are my jam. I also bought a leather moto jacket for the fall and I cannot WAIT to wear it! These cookies look incredible!!

    • Julie says:

      Where’d you find the leather moto jacket?! I’ve been looking for a cute leather jacket for a while!!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    Oh I’m down with scarfs. That was the best part about living in SF. Always scarf weather there – even in the summer! These cookies look incredible! Love coffee in my cookies! Pinned!

  • Heather Christo says:

    haha! It was 90 in Seattle yesterday and I sat inside and on-line shopped for fall clothes :) these cookies look awesome!

  • Kristin says:

    Oh yum! These sound amazing. I’ve never put coffee ground into my cookies before. I usually use instant coffee. I will have to give these a go. And you’re not alone on fall/winter shopping. I went out grocery shopping yesterday and came back with a can of pumpkin and am currently making chili :) I’m ready for fall to begin.

  • Gaby says:

    I am tempted to make a batch of these right now!

  • Medeja says:

    These cookies look great! I would like few with coffee. Pistachios and coffee sounds like a nice combination.

  • Erin says:

    you are going to love london even more, then. it’s already fall here! :)

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    Love mocha cookies! The addition of pistachios is perfect!

  • julia says:

    These look amazing! Not sure how they are mocha though, is there chocolate in the recipe?

    • Julie says:

      No, there isn’t, but I just associate coffee/mocha together and I liked how it sounded. You can definitely add chocolate chips in though :) that’d be delish!

  • Kathryn says:

    Ha, I bought a winter coat a couple of weeks and I felt totally ridiculous but there was also a tiny part of me that was excited about getting to wear it soon (and, obviously, scarves). These cookies sound ace – I love that combo of buttery pistachios and bitter coffee.

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    I love grounds in cookies too (hello coffee powder!), but I have to tell you – I am totally digging the pistachios. That is one gorgeous looking cookie!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These flavors sound incredible, the perfect weekend cookies!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says:

    making these this week! YUM!

  • Lynna says:

    Coffee in any sort of dessert is always a win in my book. Love this mocha + pistachio combo Julie!

    I don`t want Summer to end either, but boy do I love Fall shopping… Haha!

  • Janet says:

    Wow these look delicious! Just wondered – by coffee grounds, do you mean the dry instant coffee, or the kind of coffee you use in automatic drip coffeemakers (Mr. Coffee, etc.)? Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      I used the coffee you use in automatic drip coffeemakers that was ground really finely.

  • Zeytin says:

    Hi. Can I use the instant coffee granules?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      It should work!

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