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pistachio sugar cookies

Pistachio Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 10 large cookies
  • Category: Cookies


These soft pistachio sugar cookies recipe includes a homemade pistachio paste in the batter and buttercream making these cookies full of pistachio flavor and a real cookie treat.


Pistachio Cookies
150 grams / 5.3 ounces butter, softened
65 grams / 2/3 cup confectioner’s/icing sugar
50 grams /1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams / 3 tablespoons pistachio paste
282 grams / 1 3/4 cups plain flour
2 grams / 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
Pistachio Buttercream
100 grams / 3.5 ounces butter, softened
100 grams / 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioner/icing sugar, sifted
40 grams / 2 1/4 tablespoons pistachio paste


Pistachio cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy, approximately 4 minutes.
  3. Add in the egg and beat until well combined and fluffy.
  4. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat until just combined.
  5. Add in your pistachio paste and beat until combined and smooth.
  6. In a separate bowl, place the flour, baking powder and salt and stir.
  7. Toss into your pistachio butter mixture and beat until just combined and smooth.
  8. Scoop up a portion of dough and place onto your baking tray with 1 1/2 inches between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and press the center with a flat bottomed glass.
  10. Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until lightly matt looking.
  11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before placing on a cooling rack.

Pistachio buttercream

  1. Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat on medium with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, approximately 4 minutes.
  2. Fold in the pistachio paste until smooth.
  3. Take a heaped tablespoonful of the buttercream and smear over the center of the cookie.
  4. Drizzle over a little of the pistachio paste.
  5. Serve up!


Recipe by Roamingtaste


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 422 calories

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