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Megans Cookin: Recipe for Pistachio Bite Cookies

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Recipe for Pistachio Bite Cookies

It’s beginning to look a lot Like Christmas!

Pistachio Bite Cookies

Black Friday is just days away and if that’s not the official kick off of the season, then I don’t know what is. I’ve already attended 2 potlucks celebrating the holidays already, so for me…

It’s full steam ahead.

Pistachio Bite Cookies

Today’s cookie for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies  is a festive little fellow!

Christmas Pistachio Bites!

A tender little butter cookie flavored with almond and a chockfull of pistachios are thrown in. I loved them!

I used white chocolate to dip these in instead of the almond bark.  For me, they were a little to sweet with the dipping. Maybe that would be different if I used the almond bark instead. But the truth be known, I liked them best naked. Yep… I could have eaten half of each one of those little jewels, but I held myself back. I couldn’t take a tray of half eaten cookies to a potluck now could I,... Could I?

Pistachio Bite Cookies

These would also make a perfect cookie for St. Patrick's Day. Dip them, or in my case, drizzle some green tinted chocolate on them. Now that would make a St. Patty Statement!

Pistachio Bite Cookies

Stop by and check out what my other cookie baking buddies are making. I have them listed below for your linking pleasure!

I hope you have a great day!

Pistachio Bites

(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup pistachios, coarsely  chopped-divided
  • 6 oz vanilla  flavored candy coating (almond bark)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Heat oven to 325°F.

Combine butter and sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Reduce speed to low; add flour, almond extract, and vanilla.  Beat,until well mixed and a dough forms. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pistachios by hand.
Shape dough into a log. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. (I made my dough a few days in advance and kept it in the fridge)

Pistachio Bite Cookies 

Slice log into 1/4 inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute and then transfer to wire cooing rack. Cool completely

Place candy coating and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high (100% power) for 1 minute. Stir, continue microwaving ,stirring every 15 seconds until candy coating is melted and smooth.

Pistachio Bite Cookies

Place waxed paper on flat surface. Dip each cookie halfway into warm coating, shaking off excess. Place onto wax paper, immediately decorate with remaining pistachios.


More Christmas Cookies!

Mini Linzer Torte Cups

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bull’s Eye Cookies

Tyler’s Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherie’s Snickers Peanut Butter Cookies


I’m linking this to Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. Please stop by and see what everyone is cookin’!

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Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

Your cute plate and poinsettia made me smile! My husband and mom would love these cookies with or without chocolate!

November 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

These look great! I'm not sure if I have ever had pistachios in a cookie. I need to give this a try.

November 21, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Lyndas recipe box said...

Well, these are bookmarked! Somehow, I've got to make these yummy looking cookies; love the combination!

November 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Marisa said...

I love, love, love pistachios! So I bet this recipe is really good. I also think it would be cute to do for St. Patty's day too.

November 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

What a fun cookie!

And I applaud you for not taking a half-eaten tray of cookies to a party. :)

November 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Coach J said...

Those look melt in your mouth gorgeous!

November 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I like desserts with pistachios(sp?)so I know I'd like these cookies. With the pop of the pistachio green they're festive looking too.

November 21, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Megan, the pistachio bites look delicious.

November 21, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

They look so yummy and the first photo is so pretty!

November 22, 2009 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Yum, pistachios! I'm thinking these cookies are a must make!

November 22, 2009 at 3:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This pictures looks so festive and I really like the sound of white chocolate with pistachio. Really enjoying the 12 weeks of cookies!

November 22, 2009 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

oh how pretty! they look so tender and yummy!

November 22, 2009 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

I really love pistachios and have a bag sitting here that I need to use up. This sounds like the perfect recipe to do so!

November 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

I've been loving shortbread type cookies lately. (I'm about to post some.) These look fantastic with the white chocolate (although, I kind of agree with you, I like shortbread cookies as is). They certainly look great though!

November 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

These sound wonderful, what a great use for those delicious pistachios.

November 22, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

These look scrumptious! I made similar ones last Christmas with cranberries in them. You put me in the holiday mood!

November 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger test it comm said...

Great holiday cookies! The pistachios add a nice splash of green!

November 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger Cristie said...

These cookies look very delicious! Thanks for the post.

November 24, 2009 at 7:39 AM  

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