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Pistachio Cookies: Add Flavour to Your Cookie Jar

2023-04-20   ◆   3 minutes read

Pistachio cookies are an exotic alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies. Whether the nuts are mixed in the dough or simply used as a topping, the earthy flavours will have your tastebuds dancing.  

Research shows that pistachios have been consumed by humans for thousands of years. Today, they are widely used as toppings or the main ingredient in many pistachio desserts, as an excellent source of antioxidant compounds, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamin B6 while staying relatively low on calories. 


pistachio cookies 3 1 Pistachio Drops (Sally Baking Addiction)

Pistachio Drop Cookies 

The delightful pistachio drops are irresistibly soft and chewy, with a stunning pastel green hue inherited from the fresh pistachios used in a rich buttery dough. The recipe is inspired by the classic chocolate chip cookie, with the only difference being the use of chopped pistachios instead of chocolate chips, adding a delightful crunch and a nutty flavour to the bite. 

These delectable treats are free from artificial flavours as they are made with real, wholesome nuts. They are an ideal choice for parties and holiday gatherings.

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Pistachio Biscotti 

We can’t forget about pistachio biscotti! Whenever you’re at a cafe, you’ll always find biscotti on the counter. They’re nutty, not too sweet, and packed with an assortment of nuts and dried fruit, making them the ideal pairing for morning or afternoon coffee. 

Biscotti is a general word referring to cookies in Italian. However, a lot of people around the world use it to refer to these twice-baked, dense, crunchy cookies. There are countless ways to prepare biscotti, and different regions of Italy have their unique version.


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Pistachio Macarons 

We all know and love macarons, a delicate French puff pastry. But Pistachio macs are every macaron lover’s dream! You’ll get unmistakable pistachio flavour in every bite, and the smooth, silky, and delicate pistachio cream filling (such as pistachio buttercream frosting or pistachio butter) is just heavenly.

Most French macaron recipes have almond flour that can partly be replaced with some ground pistachios to reinforce the pistachio flavour and its natural green colouring. Rolling the edges in ground roasted pistachio nuts will add more texture and flavour.

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Pistachio shortbread cookies half-dipped in chocolate (cooking for my soul)


Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies are dense, buttery, salty, nutty, tender, and easy to cut right out of the oven. After that, the rolled-up dough hardens quickly. The result is exceptionally pleasing crisp-edged buttery-inside cookies you can dip in smooth dark chocolate and top with more chopped pistachios. 

These cookies are perfect for holidays like Christmas. You can actually keep shortbread cookie dough in the freezer and prepare some easily whenever you want.


Italian Pistachio Cookies Dessert Advisor The Italians have their pistachio cookie version (The Foreign Fork)

Italian/Sicilian Pistachio Cookies  

The Italian Pistachio Cookies are classic, simple-to-make gluten and dairy-free cookies originating from Sicily, Italy. They are crispy on the outer shell and soft and chewy at the center. The preparation cannot get easier than this; it will only need a few simple ingredients, such as pistachio flour, almond flour, egg whites, honey, and sugar powder, plus approximately 20 minutes of baking time. No fancy equipment is needed. 

The pistachio dominance in the cookie is what makes it special. The best way to keep the chewy texture is to maintain a balance in the combination of pistachio flour and almond flour, as the former should not get lost in the latter or other ingredients.


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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with pistachio cream (love and olive oil)

Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

Originally from Sweden, thumbprint cookies are a classic Christmas cookie, traditionally made with a shortbread-like dough and a filling of preference. The name comes from the fact that the cookie dough balls are indented in the center with a thumb (or a spoon).

pistachio thumbprint cookies Dessert Advisor Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies with jam (A beautiful plate)

When it comes to pistachio thumbprint cookies, you can either prepare the dough with pistachio flour and use a less-sugary jam as the filling or go with a classic or chocolate dough and use pistachio cream as the filling (a delicious sweet spread like Nutella, but made with pistachios instead of hazelnuts). This is totally optional, but both make for a truly delicious bite infused with pistachio flavour.

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Pistachio cream star cookies (Pina Bresciani)


Pistachio Cream Star Cookies

Pistachio Cream Star Cookies, as the name suggests, are usually made with basic star-shaped cookie dough with pistachio cream as a filling. Because of their shape and colour, they would be a perfect choice for a Christmas treat, but they can also be used year-round. 

Pistachio cookies are so good you don’t want to wait for your afternoon tea. Just enjoy them non-stop! Look for cookies, and all desserts made with pistachios, on Dessert Advisor.

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