Pistachio Cookies

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Pistachio Cookies are a wonderful refrigerator cookie that is an Italian favorite. These nutty cookie are perfect for the holidays and are a fun, flavorful traditional cookie to add to your trays.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
cooling time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 24 minutes

Pistachio Cookies are a wonderful refrigerator cookie that is an Italian favorite. These nutty cookie are perfect for the holidays and are a fun, flavorful traditional cookie to add to your trays.

A stack of pistachio cookies on a white plate with shelled pistachios on the side

These pistachio cookies are great because you use a basic refrigerator cookie dough and change it up to make into this fabulous crunchy cookie. They are so full of flavor and are nutty, crispy and a breeze to make.

These cookies start with a base cookie dough that can be turned into several types of cookies including sugar refrigerator cookies, peppermint cookies and toffee cookies.

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These cookies are quick, easy and use ingredients that you have in your pantry. By adding the flavor of decadent pistachio to the mix, you really elevate this basic refrigerator cookie recipe. To find out more about this type of cookie, check here.

  • Quick and Easy: This is such an easy cookie that comes out great all the time.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: This traditional cookie is a family favorite.
A stack of pistachio cookies on a white plate with shelled pistachios on the side

What You Need to Make Pistachio Cookies

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Refrigerator Pistachio Cookies – Step by Step

Step by step process of making italian pistachio cookies
  • Mix: First, with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream butter until light and fluffy and then add in brown sugar and white sugar and continue to mix until well incorporated and next add in egg and almond extract and continue mixing until well blended.
  • Whisk: Second, in a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and then gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour is incorporated. Gently mix in the pistachios and the food coloring.
  • Chill: Lay out wax paper and dough roll into a long shape with a diameter of about 2 inches and then wrap the dough in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
step by step images for making pistachio cookies
  • Line: When ready, preheat the oven to 350, line a baking sheet with parchment and slice the cookie dough into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
  • Bake: Then bake for 10-14 minutes or until they are a very lightly golden brown around the edge and appear dry in the center.Cool: Finally, allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Common Questions About Italian Pistachio Cookies

HOW DO I STORE THESE PISTACHIO COOKIES?

The cookies can be stored in the fridge for up to four days and up to three months in the freezer in an airtight container.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE ANOTHER NUT?

Of course, this recipe is a traditionally made with pistachios however you can use walnuts, almonds or pecans.

DO I HAVE TO USE FOOD COLORING?

No while they are a cute touch of color for the holidays they coloring does not have to be used

RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed you do have to make them and allow the dough to chill for up to an hour before baking the cookies.

WHAT OTHER COOKIE CAN YOU MAKE WITH THIS REFRIGERATOR COOKIE DOUGH?

>Sugar Refrigerator Cookies
>Peppermint Cookies
>Toffee Cookies

A stack of pistachio cookies on a white plate with shelled pistachios on the side

Expert Tips for Making Pistachio Cookies

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great for the holidays, cookie trays or a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make in batches.
  • Add Fruit: Dried cranberries, cherries, candied lemon peel etc can be added.
  • Chocolate: Drizzle with chocolate or dip half the cookie in chocolate and decorate with more pistachios.
  • White Chocolate: White chocolate chips are great in these cookies too.

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Pistachio Cookies

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Pistachio Cookies are a wonderful refrigerator cookie that is an Italian favorite. These nutty cookie are perfect for the holidays and are a fun, flavorful traditional cookie to add to your trays.
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Servings: 40 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 24 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pistachios
  • 3-4 drops of green food coloring

Instructions

  • With the paddle attachment of a stand mixer cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in brown sugar and white sugar and continue to mix until well incorporated.
  • Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture mixing after each addition until all the flour is incorporated.
  • Add in pistachios and food coloring, mix gently on low.
  • Lay out a piece of wax paper on a flat surface. Scoop the dough into the center of the wax paper. Use the wax paper to help roll the dough into a long shape with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  • Wrap the dough in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • To bake-
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Slice the cookie dough into ¼- ½ inch slices.
  • Place dough slices on prepared cookie sheet a couple of inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-14 minutes or until they are a very lightly golden brown around the edge and appear dry in the center.
  • Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great for the holidays, cookie trays or a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make in batches.
  • Add Fruit: Dried cranberries, cherries, candied lemon peel etc can be added.
  • Chocolate: Drizzle with chocolate or dip half the cookie in chocolate and decorate with more pistachios.
  • White Chocolate: White chocolate chips are great in these cookies too.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

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