Pistachio Bites

Pistachios have a nice subtle flavor making them perfect for adding to baked goods. Seeing as how I've been munching on a lot of pistachios lately, I thought this was the perfect time to dig this recipe out of my to-cook pile. 

These two-bites-size cookies are made up of flour, butter, sugar, and pistachios - very, very easy to make. And, they taste great! These cookies have a buttery shortbread-like flavor made even better by the chunks of pistachios. A little extra sweetness is added by dipping them in white chocolate, which I think tastes great combined with the nuts. I never thought something so simple could taste so good! :)


Pistachio Bites-
Recipe from Land O'Lakes
Printable Recipe
Makes 6 dozen cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pistachios, shelled and coarsley chopped, and seperated
6 oz. white chocolate or vanilla candy coating
1 tsp. shortening

Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, almond and vanilla extracts. Beat well until dough comes together. Stir in 1/2 cup of pistachios until even distributed in dough.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into a 10-inch log. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm (at least 3 hours or overnight).

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut 1 log at a time, keeping remaining log refrigerated, into ¼-inch slices with sharp knife. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet - Do not allow to sit on cookie sheet longer than 1 minute! Doing so means the difference between a chewy cookie and a crunchy cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Place white chocolate, or candy coating, in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir; continue microwaving, stirring every 15 seconds, until it is melted and smooth.

Place waxed paper onto flat surface. Dip each cookie halfway into warm chocolate; shake off excess. Place onto waxed paper and immediately decorate with remaining pistachios.



  1. The cookies look fantastic! I love the white chocolate and the chopped up pistachios. I'm bookmarking this recipe!

  2. I'm a huge fan of white chocolate...these sound excellent.

  3. Oh I love your photos! These cookies look super yummy. I can't wait to try them ;)

  4. Susi- Thanks! I hope you like them as much as I did. The chocolate and pistachios go really well together.

    Bo- Oooh ya, gotta love white chocolate - my favorite!

    Kathleen- Saying you love my photos is a huge compliment for me, Thank you!! I hope you like the cookies :)

  5. Lovely pistachio bars. Beautiful pictures.

  6. These cookies are interesting. That must sound weird. Interesting cookies taste good. These are delightful with the pistachios leading the way.

  7. Ellie- Thanks!

    Comfycook- Interesting is right! Gotta love those pistachios :)

  8. These are lovely cookies. Love to have a bite of these! I can't wait to try it.


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