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Well, here's my second attempt at a mobile blog entry (myapologies for the lack of decent photography). ;o) I am planning another trip out to J&L's farm this weekend, so I wanted to bake some treats to bring along as I hate arriving anywhere empty-handed. I was just itching for an excuse to open up a new packet of pistachios so I looked all over for a decent looking recipe to try.

When I came upon this recipe, I just knew this was the one, as I had 2 boxes of my favourite American custard powder (Jello brand instant pudding - pistachio flavour) so I just had to try it out... I have never made cookies with any sort of custard powder before, but it sounded like it might be okay.

I do have to say though, that these are sort of a light & fluffy type cookie, not the typical crunchy, crumbly biscuit that so many Kiwis seem to prefer. Now, if you are keen to give this one a go, but cannot imagine where you'd begin to look for Jello pudding, you can talk to your local importers (like Davis Trading Company, for example), or purchase it through www.expatexpress.com. Either way, you should have access to the right stuff.

So...here we go!

1/2 Cup Butter (200 Gm)
1 Box Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Pistachio Kernels

First, Preheat oven total 180 C/350 F.

In a medium bowl, cream the butter with the pudding mix.

Next, add in the egg and combine well.

Now, sift the flour & soda in and mix well.

Finally, add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix until well incorporated into the dough.

Roll into balls and flatten out onto a lined baking pan and bake at 180 C/350 F for about 10 minutes. Make sure to remove cookies before they begin to brown.

This will make about 2 dozen small Cookies...Mmm Enjoy!