This is an Italian-inspired twist on an American tradition. My family loves spumoni ice cream, so I decided I'd try to alter my chocolate chip recipe to fancy them. In this creation, cherries and pistachios liven up already delicious chocolate chip cookies.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside.

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  • Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the instant pudding mix until well combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries, and pistachios. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until light brown, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

247.4 calories; 2.7 g protein; 32.2 g carbohydrates; 35.8 mg cholesterol; 179.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
I just made these again three years later than the first time I made this recipe. I did a few tweaks. You can view the step-by-step photos at www.bakedlava.com I added 2 packages of pudding mix a full cup of chopped pistachios and a 10-ounce jar of cherries. It's funny but the first time I made these they did have an odd greenish tint to them...with 2 boxes of pudding mix that tint was just not there. This is just a great spin off a chocolate chip cookie recipe and it is going on my Christmas platters this year. I highly recommend this recipe either as is or with my tweaks...it is tasty either way you go! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2011
These cookies were ok. After they were baked the pistachio flavor was lost. I suggest less flour and 2 packages of pistachio pudding flavor. Read More
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91 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 61
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
I just made these again three years later than the first time I made this recipe. I did a few tweaks. You can view the step-by-step photos at www.bakedlava.com I added 2 packages of pudding mix a full cup of chopped pistachios and a 10-ounce jar of cherries. It's funny but the first time I made these they did have an odd greenish tint to them...with 2 boxes of pudding mix that tint was just not there. This is just a great spin off a chocolate chip cookie recipe and it is going on my Christmas platters this year. I highly recommend this recipe either as is or with my tweaks...it is tasty either way you go! Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
I just made these again three years later than the first time I made this recipe. I did a few tweaks. You can view the step-by-step photos at www.bakedlava.com I added 2 packages of pudding mix a full cup of chopped pistachios and a 10-ounce jar of cherries. It's funny but the first time I made these they did have an odd greenish tint to them...with 2 boxes of pudding mix that tint was just not there. This is just a great spin off a chocolate chip cookie recipe and it is going on my Christmas platters this year. I highly recommend this recipe either as is or with my tweaks...it is tasty either way you go! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2008
I've never had a recipe my family asks me to make more than this! We live in different states and every time I come "home" to visit I know they expect me to bring a fresh batch of cookies along with! Even my brother who can be somewhat hard to please raves about these delicious spumoni chocolate chip cookies!! A must-try! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2011
I was looking to see if there was a homemade recipe for these on here. I will DEFINITELY try it! I usually make the Betty Crocker version using the sugar cookie mix. You add pistachios and chocolate chunks and dried cherries to it. I however improvised that recipe and add also a pkg of dry pistachio pudding mix and use cherry flavored Crasins. This recipe has such great reviews I cannot wait to give it a whirl! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
Oh boy are these DELICIOUS! I made them for Christmas and they were a huge hit. I've never thought of chocolate chip cookies as Christmassy but these are both in appearance and flavor. My RM has asked me to make some more so it looks like these will definitely be a permanent fixture in our dessert rotation. I'm tempted to increase the pistachios to 1/3 cup and the maraschinos to 3/4 cup not because it's necessary but because I'd like to have more of them. The recipe is great just as-is-- no need to change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
A wonderful twist on a classic! I used an entire 12 oz jar of cherries and chopped them well, also used a 12 oz pkg of chocolate chips. Nice, soft cookies with a very light green tint. I used a Pampered Chef medium cookie scoop and it yielded 40 cookies. If making for the holidays, you may want to add a couple drops of green food coloring to make them a stronger green color and extra Christmas-y! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2007
This was a suprisingly good recipe. I omitted the 1/4 cup of flour (rather off the dough would have been too dry) but rather off kept the recipe intact as is. The cookies stayed nice and chewy a couple days after I had made them and overall everyone in my place loved them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
What a great cookie! I love "spumoni" icecream, pistachios, cherries, and chocolate are such a wonderful combination. So, I had to try these cookies when I saw them. My store did not have marachino cherries, so I used some pitted dark (sweet) cherries in heavy syrup, drained very well. And, they worked perfect in this recipe. Chocolate chips only come in a 12 oz bag so I used that. From the recipe I got 68 cookies using a 1 Tblsp. cookie scoop. I will definitely make these again. They were soft, chewy, and very flavorful. They will be on my Christmas cookie list next year. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2011
These cookies were ok. After they were baked the pistachio flavor was lost. I suggest less flour and 2 packages of pistachio pudding flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2009
These were very good. Nice change to a classic cookie. The red of the cherries and green of the pistachios made them extra pretty for Christmas. Brought them to the family Holiday party where many people complimented them. Read More
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