09 April, 2010

Cherry Pistachio Spice Cookies

It's been some time since I tried new cookie recipes, and I am just wondering why. Or rather: What have we eaten in the meantime? I can't really come up with an explanation. Probably because the last month has just been crazy. Disaster struck several times. Things just fell apart around us, like both cars, water pumps, TV. Husband's website got hacked. The kids have been having coughs and colds for the past month. On top of that we had visitors from overseas. So the last thing on my mind was getting all creative in the kitchen. Instead I showed off my BEST OF recipes of the last few months, or quickly stirred together some muffins.
Anyway, I felt like making some cookies again a few days ago. Perhaps because I look forward to getting my brand new red Jeep Cherokee next week. Or because I really hope the bad spell is over now and we have time to look at the bright side of life again and enjoy cookies while doing so!!


1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1 egg
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup low fat yogurt 

1/2 cup chopped pistachios
3/4 cup dried cherries

Yields ca. 15-20
Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix well. Stir in the dried cherries.
In another bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in oil, agave and yogurt until well combined. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Drop teaspoons of the batter onto the baking sheet, leaving some space between the cookies. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top of each cookie. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cookies turn golden brown at the edges. Let cool completely on wire rack. Keep in airtight container.


  1. Oh dear..I'm so sorry to hear what's going on over at your side. I hope things will improve soon. Thanks for sharing with us lovely recipes despite what you are going through. Love your cookies. They look delicious. I would love some with a cup of tea.

  2. These cookies look so good...I really like the combination of the pistachios and cherries...YUM!

  3. well, at least the cookies look fantastic :) and are probably pretty tasty too. in any case, i do hope that everything will go back to balance in your universe.

  4. Aw, I hope everything clears up soon!

    These cookies look and sound fabulous!

  5. Thanks for your kind words. It looks like things are clearing up here, as opposed to Europe where ash clouds are ruling life....We were supposed to get visitors tomorrow. Don't think things will have cleared up by then.
    I am always stunned how quick nature can bring our modern lives out of rhythm.

  6. I love these kinds of cookies! The twist is pretty interesting.

  7. These look gorgeous! I've made a cheesecake with pistachios, but I'm trying to be healthier, and these definitely look like a good transition. Sounds like quite an interesting combination!!