Pistachio Shortbread Cookies


Sometimes I get a little tired of sugar cookies, but it seems mandatory to make shaped cookies for the holidays, especially when you have kids.  This shortbread cookie is a great roll-out cookie and an alternative to the traditional sugar cookie.  I have used several different types of nuts (hazelnuts, pecans, almonds) in this recipe, and even left the nuts out in one version to make it more like a Dutch Wedding Cookie.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I used pistachios for little specks of green in the cookie.  They tasted amazing!  My family didn’t even leave enough so I could take a plate to the neighbors!

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies


12 oz Butter (3 sticks), softened

1 C Sugar

1 Egg

3 1/2 C Flour

8 oz (1 C) Ground Pistachios (or nut of choosing)


Cream sugar and butter together for about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides and cream for another minute.  This is the key to soft, fluffy cookies.  Add the egg and beat again until well combined.  Add the flour and stir just until incorporated.  Add the ground nuts and stir until well distributed throughout the dough.  Roll the cookie out and cut into desired shapes.  I used my four-leaf clover but it holds the shape well for whatever shape you want to try.  Bake at 300 for 20 minutes.

Once the cookies are cooled, it’s time to decorate.

Decorate Shamrock cookies

I used white chocolate with some green food coloring and a shamrock sprinkle mix.  Place the chocolate in a sturdy zip-top bag and microwave for 30 seconds.  Smoosh the chocolate together and repeat until the chocolate is melted.  Don’t microwave for too long or the chocolate will burn and the plastic could melt.  Snip one end of the plastic bag and use this to drizzle the chocolate on the cookies.   You could also dip the top of the cookie in a bowl of melted chocolate for an all-over green.  Work quickly so the sprinkles will stick to the soft chocolate.  Wait until the chocolate becomes firm and enjoy!

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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8 Responses to Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

  1. Charlie | NaturallyFrugalicious.com March 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Anne! How easy and yummy. I love a good shortbread cookies, and add pistachios to them? Oh my! Thanks so much for stopping by via Creative Princess Brandi’s party! I look forward to see what you share next week!

    Charlie | NaturallyFrugalicious.com

    • anne March 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

      Thanks, Charlie! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  2. Marilyn March 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Yum, looks good, thanks

    • Anne Banks March 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

      They are! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) March 15, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    G’day! I LOVE your cookies!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday No Rules Party!

    • Anne Banks March 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm #


      Thanks! We think they are pretty tasty too!


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