Pistachio Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

30 to 36 cookies.

½ cup Butter or margarine
½ cup Vegetable shortening
1 ½ cups Light brown sugar (packed)
1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 cups Flour
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
1 cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 cup Old fashioned oats
1 cup Chocolate chips


Beat butter and shortening with sugar until creamy. Beat in vanilla and eggs. Mix flour with baking soda and beat into dough a portion at a time. Stir in pistachios, oats and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. If desired, sprinkle tops with granulated sugar and extra chopped pistachios.
Bake at 350° F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden on bottoms. For chewiest texture, remove cookies from oven when center of tops are still slightly moist looking. Don’t over bake; cookies will firm as they cool. Cool on wire racks.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!