Top-down close up shot of Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies
January 30, 2024

Lemon Pistachio and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 30, 2024

Lemon Pistachio and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Top-down close up shot of Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Light and lemony, these 1-bowl white chocolate chip cookies have a pale green hue from the not-so-secret ingredient: avocado. You can make these plant-based or with an egg -- either way, these lemony treats are a fun alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients: avocado, lemon, white chocolate chips, sugar, aquafaba or egg, flour, pistachios,

Ingredient Notes

You can make these cookies vegan or vegetarian.

  • You’ll use egg in the vegetarian version and aquafaba in the vegan version. Aquafaba is the liquid from cooked chickpeas (or other beans) – see Aquafaba: The Easy Vegan Egg Replacer for more information. Note that your cookies might be a little less green if you use an egg.
  • A variety of companies sell vegan white chocolate chips. Be sure to check the label.
  • Some companies process white sugar using bone char, which means that the white sugar is not always vegan. Check the label or call the company if this is a concern for you.
  • Avocado replaces the traditional butter or oil in the recipe. Choose a ripe, soft avocado. You don’t want one that’s hard, or one that’s overripe, with brown or dark flesh. If you’re used to looking for the perfect avocado to make guacamole – this is the same type of ripeness that would be ideal for making these cookies.
  • You can use unsalted or salted pistachios. We used roasted salted pistachios.
  • Top-down view 1-bowl lemon pistachio white chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

    Visual Overview

    These cookies come together in minutes in one bowl.

    Step 1: Cream together the avocado, aquafaba or egg, and sugar

    Top-down view of white bowl with avocado and sugar blended. Step 1 of making lemon pistachio white chocolate chip cookies

    Cream together the avocado and sugar.

    Step 2: Add the lemon zest. 

    Top-down view of white bowl with Adding lemon zest to avocado and sugar mixture.Step 2 of making lemon pistachio white chocolate chip cookies

    Add the lemon zest.

    Step 3: Mix in the flour and baking soda.

    Top-down view of step 3 for making lemon pistachio white chocolate chip cookies, adding flour and baking soda to the sugar, avocado, lemon zest mixture.

    Mix in the flour and baking soda.

    The mixture will be a thick, but workable dough. text here...

    Top-down view of white bowl with lemon white chocolate chip cookie dough, before adding pistachios and white chocolate chips

    The mixture will be a thick, but workable cookie dough.

    Step 4: Stir in the pistachios and white chocolate chips. 

    Top-down view of step 5 of making lemon white chocolate chip cookies, adding the pistachios and white chocolate chips to the mix.

    Stir in the pistachios and white chocolate chips.

    The finished dough will look like this: 

    Top-down view of white bowl with lemon pistachio chocolate chip cookie dough mixed.

    The finished cookie dough.

    Step 5: Drop dough onto baking sheet. 

    For each cookie, drop about 2 teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet. Optionally, sprinkle extra white chocolate chips and pistachios on top before baking.

    Pin for 1-Bowl Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies, with a close up of a cookie


    Tips: Baking without Dairy or eggs

    If you're curious about or new to plant-based cooking, you might not know where to start when it comes to baking. Baking often requires eggs, butter, or milk - all of which are animal products. 

    In this recipe, we're:

    • replacing eggs with aquafaba (in the vegan version). Aquafaba is the liquid from cooked chickpeas (or other beans). Obtaining it is as simple as opening up a can of beans. For detailed information, see Aquafaba: The Easy Vegan Egg Replacer.
    • replacing butter with avocado, which has a high fat content compared to other fruits.

    We've kept some ingredients that you're familiar with:

    • white flour. White flour is made from wheat and is therefore plant-based. However, some plant-based diets (for example whole food plant-based diets) avoid white flour, as the refining process impacts its nutritional value.
    • white sugar. Some companies process white sugar using bone char, which means that the white sugar is not always vegan. Check the label or call the sugar manufacturer if this is a concern for you.
    • white chocolate chips. There are a few brands of plant-based white chocolate chips. Be sure to check the label. 

    Recipe Card

    Lemon Pistachio White Chocolate Chip Cookies

    5 from 1 vote
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 12 minutes
    Light and lemony, these 1-bowl white chocolate chip cookies have a pale green hue from the not-so-secret ingredient: avocado. The avocado replaces the butter or oil in the recipe. Part cakey, part chewy, these cookies are a fun alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies.
    Servings 12 cookies
    Calories 112 kcal
    Author Sylvia

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup ripe avocado
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 3 tablespoons aquafaba (or 1 egg)
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 3/4 cup white flour
    • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped

    Optionally for sprinkling on cookies before baking

    • 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
    • 1 tablespoon pistachios, roughly chopped

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350F.
    • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the avocado, sugar, and aquafaba or egg.
    • Mix in the lemon zest, and then the flour and baking soda.
    • Stir in the white chocolate chips and pistachios.
    • The dough will be thick and sticky. To make about 12 cookies, drop about 2 teaspoons of dough per cookie onto the cookie sheet.
    • Optionally, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with extra pistachos and white chocolate chips.
    • Bake for about 12 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool before eating.

    Notes

    Storage

    Keep the cookies in a well-sealed container on the counter for 3-4 days. 

    About Aquafaba

    See our post, Aquafaba: The Easy Vegan Egg Replacer. 

    Nutritional Information

    Nutritional information is an estimate only and does not include the optional extra white chocolate chips and pistachio topping. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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