Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies Recipe

It’s time for another Sweet Adventures blog hop, and this months theme is nuts. I’m nuts about nuts, but I usually only eat them in their natural form, especially in salads, or simply by the handful. So I wasn’t quite sure what nut based sweet I’d make for this months theme.  I tossed up several ideas, when I spied a bag of pistachios in my pantry cupboard that I’d bought to use for something else and had promptly forgotten about, so I decided on Pistachio Cookies.

These Pistachio cookies are decidedly addictive, and are somewhat similar to the Strawberry Ricciarelli I posted last week, although chewier. I love recipes that are quick and easy to make, and this is definitely one of those recipes. All you need is about 10 minutes, plus 12 minutes baking time, and you have a batch of delicious homemade cookies. Why would you buy cookies, especially those that are full of artificial ingredients, when they are so simple to make at home?

Serve with a cup of tea or coffee, but be warned, it will be difficult to stop at one.

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies
Cook time
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Makes 20 cookies
Serves: 20
  • 150g pistachios
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbs icing sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 Celsius (320 Fahrenheit) and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place 115g of the pistachios in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground. Just keep an eye on it as you process it to make sure you don't turn it into pistachio butter.
  3. Place the ground pistachios and 55g of the caster sugar and the flour in a bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Place the egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until soft peaks form. Add the remaining caster sugar gradually and then fold the egg whites into the pistachio mixture and fold through until well combine. Place heaped teaspoons on the baking trays. Chop the remaining pistachios and sprinkle over the top of the cookies.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Feel free to substitute the pistachios with whatever nut you like.

This post is part of the Nuts about Sweets – Sweet Adventures blog hop hosted by Nic from Dining with a Stud.

Sweet Adventures are monthly blog hop events brought to you by your hostesses – The Hungry AustralianDining With a StudThe Capers of the Kitchen CrusaderDelicious Everyday and 84th & 3rd.

Don’t forget to check out the other delicious nut creations this month below.


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39 Comments on "Pistachio Cookies"

July 29, 2012

These look very moreish indeed!

July 26, 2012

Great minds think alike! I was going to do a ricciarelli but then saw your post on strawberry riciarelli so decided on boules de neige… which turned out to be actually quite similar to your pistachio cookies :) They look delicious, I’m very keen to try them.

July 25, 2012

Ohhhhh yummm i love pistachios and i have a pack in my cupboard can’t wait to try this recipe 😀

Delicious! Inspired me to go and make a cup of tea and see what I have in the cupboard to have with it!

July 22, 2012

I agree why buy cookies when it is so easy to make your own! Love pistachios and the colour they add to your baking! I think I would be finding it hard to at three and four! :)

July 21, 2012

These sound so simple and delicious! Perfect with a cup of tea :)

July 19, 2012

Yes, it’s absolutely not understandable, why to buy “artificial cookies”. Like you did, you can have better ones made at home. Luvly!

Perfect cookies to have with a cuppa. I do love pistachios :)

These pistachio biscuits look great, Jen. I too adore pistachios – they’re a larder staple in my house :)

i love nutty desserts and these cookies sound perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon

So few ingredients for such a lovely result!

We always have pistachios at home because my husband loves eating them. I thought your fiance is really cute leaving a comment (I just noticed it and had to comment about it. =P). I trust him, these must be scrumptious! He’s a lucky guy! If you need a taster tester #2, let me know. I’ll be right there! (I WISH!!).

These sound heavenly Jennifer! And I love anything with real pistachio flavour in it. I think my cup of tea feels quite lonely at the moment 😛

July 17, 2012

Lovely, as always. You have such a distinctive photographic style. I can pick your photos as soon as it hits my Pinterest feed.

July 17, 2012

There is no butter or oil used ? Does the cookies spread a lot ? I am sorry for throwing all these questions at ya. Arvind loves pistachio and I am sure these cookies would make him very happy :)

I have a friend who loves pistachio, in just anything. Especially Pistachio ice-cream. I can’t wait to bake some cookies and try this out. I usually love eating pistachio on it’s own as a nut.. LOL.. I guess I can be a little nutty too :P. Have a good week!! Cheers, Jo

July 16, 2012

I’m going try these with gluten free flours. They look lovely

I agree with you about why people would ever bother to buy cookies from a store when they are so ridiculously easy to make at home. These look lovely and are a nice treat from the usual butter cookies I find myself making in a pinch. I am a huge fan of pistachios, did you know they are technically a fruit?

ps – I love the comment from your OH. Made me giggle.

Cristin Cogen
July 16, 2012

Simple, flavorful, smart and visually appealing. Marvelous recipe Jennifer 😉