What Is a Pistachio Cookie Recipe?

What Is a Pistachio Cookie Recipe?

Pistachio cookies are a mixture of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, pistachios, dried cranberries and spices. The dough is easy to make ahead and store in the fridge.

Pistachio Cookie Recipe

This recipe was originally published in Gourmet magazine and is featured on the Epicurious website. It is very easy to make and reviewers rate it very favorably.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Chill time: 2 hours

Cook time: 18 minutes

Ready in: 2 hours and 38 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup decorative sugar
  1. Mix the dry ingredients
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the flour, cinnamon and salt.

  3. Make a sugar mixture
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and orange zest together with an electric mixture. Mix until the sugar mixture is fluffy.

  5. Make the cookie dough
  6. Beat in the dry ingredients in batches on low speed. Mix until a loose, clumpy dough forms.

  7. Add the nuts and cranberries
  8. If using shelled pistachios, remove the shells. Mix the nuts and the cranberries into the cookie dough.

  9. Chill the dough
  10. Roll the dough into two logs using plastic wrap or parchment paper. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill the dough in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The dough will keep in the fridge for 3 days and can also be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

  11. Prepare the oven and pan
  12. Shortly before baking, turn on the oven to 350 F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.

  13. Slice the cookies
  14. Beat the egg. Brush the outer part of each log with the egg and roll it in decorative sugar. Slice the logs into 1/4-inch pieces.

  15. Bake the cookies
  16. Lay the cookies out on the prepared baking sheets. Bake them for 15 to 18 minutes until the edges turn golden.