Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 89: Pistachio Cake Cookies for #SundaySupper

When I think about comfort food I immediately think about dinners at my Grandma and Grandpa Caponi's. My Grandma was a wonderful cook and an even better baker. She took such pride in feeding her family. She used fresh, simple ingredients. Everything she made was delicious. One of my absolute favorite things she would bake was Pistachio Cake.

Grandma and the boys around the kitchen table. We miss her so much!

She got the recipe from her sister-in-law many years ago and often had one on hand to serve to surprise guests. I have such fond memories of sitting at her and Grandpa's kitchen table, eating pistachio cake, and just talking. The conversations shared and advise given over a slice of pistachio cake is the real reason why this is my go to comfort food.

When I first started this challenge, one of my goals was to turn Grandma's famous cake into a cookie. It wasn't easy. One of notable things about this cake was the swirl of the chocolate cake layer and pistachio layer. I really wanted to capture that in the cookie. After a few attempts, I think I finally produced a cookie worthy of note.

I am so happy to be participating in this weeks #SundaySupper. We are honored to have the fantastic Lee Woodruff joing us this week. During our Twitter chat this evening, #SundaySupper will be giving away 5 signed copied of Lee's book,  Those We Love Most, all you have to do is share your most memorable comfort food recipes. What a fun bonus to our already fab #SundaySupper chat!

1 box of french vanilla cake mix
1 box of pistachio pudding
1/4 cup of orange juice
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of Hershey's Syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix together cake mix and pudding
Add orange juice, oil and eggs, mix well
Place 1 and 1/2 cups of the batter into a separate bowl.
In that separate bowl add Hershey's syrup.
On a parchment lined cookie sheet place a dollop of pistachio mix on cookie sheet
Top each dollop with chocolate batter
Swirl each cookie with a toothpick

Bake for 10-12 minutes
Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

Now that you have checked out my comfort food recipe, come and see what my #SundaySupper friends have brought to the table.

This Week’s Sunday Supper Recipes:

#SundaySupper Comfort Food |Soups
#SundaySupper Comfort Food | Main Dish
#SundaySupper Comfort Food | Desserts
Pairing Wine with Sunday Supper Comfort Food Favorites! by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog


We would be honored to have you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite Comfort Food Recipes.
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen said...

The moments associated with the food make it even more comforting! This is a very interesting recipe, never saw anything like it.

Baker Street said...

I love those swirls and the idea of cake cookies is just brilliant.

Jen @Juanitascocina said...

Easy AND comforting! Right up my alley!

the Wimpy Vegetarian said...

Love the idea of cake cookies!! And love the swirls :-)

Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) said...

So pretty! And I'm sure they taste fantastic.

Heather Lynne said...

The swirl pattern on these is so pretty-great job!

Renee Dobbs said...

I would get nothing but hugs and love from my husband if I made these cookies. He loves pistachios. Great recipe and what wonderful memories you have of your grandmother.

Megan Wood said...

These cookies sound absolutely amazing!

Kathya Rodriguez said...

Amazing cookies! Thanks for sharing.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts said...

I think my husband would go crazy for these. He loves anything with the word pistachio even associated with it :)

Tara said...

Oh my, those look so good! I am going to have to try this recipe!!

Jennie Phaneuf said...

This is one delicious looking cookie. Yum!

Katie said...

Yummm - swirl cookies are amazing! I love the thought of cake cookies to switch it up a bit!

Kim Bee said...

Love these cookies. Pistachios are my ultimate comfort snack. So these were calling my name.

Jennifer B said...

I love pistachios! I love cake! Combine the two and I'm pretty excited!! *pinned*

german in pdx said...

Such lovely memories. Wonderful picture :) The cookis look divine :)

Alice Choi said...

What beautiful cookies!!! And thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of your grandma and grandpa!

Laura Hunter said...

Pistachio is my favourite nut! These cookies look delicious.

diabeticFoodie said...

Love the photo of your grandma. My dad would love these cookies - he's a pistachio fiend. Saving recipe for his birthday.

Anonymous said...

My comfort food reminds me of grandma too, not surprising that they are the first things we think of. These look so interesting I definitely want to try them, they look like a great cookie to bring to a party especially.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Oh, such fantastic memories - that's really what makes true comfort food, huh? I love the look and sound of these cookies - and I know the kiddos would really get into the act of "swirling"!

Sarah said...

I love the story and and recipe behind this cookie. Grandmother's are always the best cook and baker! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

Those look fabulous! I love that there's OJ in the recipe.

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Sunithi Selvaraj, RD said...

OMG, these look fab ! simple too. Love the swirl.. gourmet indeed. The pistachio flavor must be awesome ! Will try this sometime !

Amanda said...

Anything with pistachio is great in my book!

Anne @ Webicurean said...

I need to try these--cakey cookies are the best!