Pistachio Mint Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

Does anyone else hoard baking chips? My drawer is currently overflowing with regular chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, regular M&Ms, Heath toffee chips, and Andes Crème de Menthe chips. And I recently used all my peanut butter chips! I don’t know what it is about the baking aisle. I feel the need to constantly replenish my chip stocks with different kinds even if I have no plans to use them in the near future. I guess I like keeping my options open!

This was actually my first time using Andes Crème de Menthe chips, and I really liked them. They taste just like Andes mints, which have been a favorite of mine since childhood. I would be happy just eating the remaining half of the bag straight on their own! I decided to pair the chips with pistachios that I ground up in the food processor. I like adding ground nuts instead of a bit of flour in cookies because it adds so much flavor. And, of course I made bar cookies because I’m too lazy to make individual cookies! I’m sure I’ll end up buying more chips the next time I’m at the store, too bad I still can’t find cinnamon chips!

Pistachio Mint Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pistachios
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup Andes Crème de Menthe baking chips

Directions:
Heat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch square pan. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar; mix in egg and vanilla.

Pulse pistachios in a food processor until ground. Stir in ground pistachios, flour, salt, and baking powder until soft dough forms. Stir in mint chocolate chips. Spread dough in bottom of the greased pan. Bake at 350˚F for 20 to 23 minutes or until set. Cool for 30 minutes and cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition: 226 calories, 14.1g fat, 1.1g fiber, 3.3g protein per serving
Cost: $4.73 total

38 Responses to Pistachio Mint Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies

  1. This cookie bar sounds perfect, I will have to look for these chips. I, like you, constantly stock up on baking supplies, if I have less than 3 of something, I think Im gonna run out, weird logic.

  2. Oh my gosh, I am a chip hoarder too! Especially when they are on sale – I have to have 4 bags instead of just 1. I think I’m down to a few packs of Ghiradelli chips (saving those for something special!) and some butterscotch chips. I can’t find the cinnamon chips either! Your bars look great – I will have to pass this recipe along to my sister; her and her boyfriend love using pistachios in baked goods!

  3. I’m the exact same way with baking chips! :-) I find it comforting, somehow, having a whole pantry shelf filled with baking supplies just in case inspiration strikes at random moments – when it usually does! :-) I’m so glad I’m not the only one who always visits the baking isle every time I grocery shop… :-)

    Andes mints are a childhood nostalgic favorite for me too! Your mint-chocolate-pistachio combo sounds heavenly! I haven’t tried the Andes baking chips yet – thank you for reminding me I need to add them to my collection! :-)

  4. Mmmm these bars look crunchy and delicious! I have used these ones as well and I love the green hue of the pistachios. I hoard choc. chips too and more often than not they just magically disappear when I want to use them!

  5. I’ve never seen those kind of chips, but we are severely lacking in things of this nature here in the city. Dang small nyc grocery stores. You can never really appreciate those oversized, stocked with every goodie imaginable grocery stores until you have to shop in one the size of a shoe box.

  6. I’ve seen cinnamon chips ar Wal-Mart. Oh and I hoard chips too. Cappuccino chips are being discontinued by Guittard so I went to World Market and bought their entire supply. I’m embarrased to tell you how many I actually bought, but it’s a lot! he he he!

  7. i used to hoard chips, but then i started eating them from the bag… so i stopped for now :) have you tried cinnamon chips?? i’m totally in awe of the mint-pistachio combo!

  8. HAHAHA! SAME here! I have got milk, dark, semi-sweet, mini, and white chocolate chips lying abt in my pantry! What can I say? They were on sale!
    These cookies look perfect. I LOVE the pistachios and the mint…mostly because of the fabulous taste, but also because …it’s GREEN!

  9. I haven’t tried these chips, but I’ve always wondered about them. Sounds like I need to pick some up next time I’m at the store! These bars look great, I love bar cookies because they’re usually less work than drop cookies.

  10. I should do a dessert and use all of my bags of different kind of choco chips that I have. This is a great one you made. That must be good with the Crème de menthe chips.

  11. Oooh! This is such a unique idea and it sounds awesome!! I do the same thing with baking chips. I HATE when I want to bake something right this minute but have to go to the grocery store first. So I love to have lots of ingredients on hand!

  12. I don’t just have all kinds of chips, but I have chocolate bars, all kinds of Hershey’s Kisses and other candies. One can never have enough! 😉
    Great idea. If it wasn’t so darn hot here, I’d bake something with all my goodies. Hmmm, maybe I’ll have to put some in ice cream with my new ice cream maker!
    Your bars look great!

  13. What an interesting combination! I have a jar of different candies to use as chips too. Chocolate covered espresso beans, M&Ms, etc. I can’t let anyone else see my source though! It would be gone in no time.

  14. These look delicious and I am not a huge baker. I keep a bag of regular semi sweet chips on hand but that’s usually it. Boring I know :) I think I am going to make these especially because they’re outside my usual things I make and it’s time to change things up.

  15. What a great idea! I love Andes mints, and I love to add ground nuts to baked goods – the flavor is to die for, and it keeps the cake, etc, moist and yummy. Delicious!

  16. Nice to know I’m not the only one addicted to the baking aisle :) And yes, Meghan, it’s always even worse when the chips are on sale!

  17. I think the hoarding is because we’re foodies. I do the same thing. You should see my fridge and pantry. You’d think I was getting ready for a famine. I love that you ground the pistachios — very neat recipe.

  18. That is hilarious you are a chip hoarder! I had to stop keeping them b/c I would open up the package and eat some for dessert :) These bars look delicious! The pistachios and mint sound like a good combo!

  19. Where do they sell Andes Creme de menthe baking chips? I want to make these bars but can’t find the chips anywhere. Can I chop up Andes mints and substitute them for the chips?

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