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Chocolate Pistachio Cookies
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Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Pistachio shortbread cookies dipped in smooth melted dark chocolate and topped with pistachios and sea salt. The pistachio shortbread is tender and buttery. It's also a great make ahead cookie recipe!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Refrigeration and cooling3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Tania


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lightly salted pistachios, plus about 1/3 cup more for topping (shells removed, coarsely chopped)
  • 12 oz dark chocolate bar
  • Flaky sea salt


  • In a stand mixer (using the paddle attachment) or with a handheld mixer, beat the softened butter on high speed for about 1 minute until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla extract, and beat until light and fluffy for about 1-2 minutes. Decrease to medium speed, and mix in the salt and flour until evenly incorporated. Add the pistachios and mix a few more times on low speed until evenly incorporated.
  • Divide up the dough into two equal parts. Transfer each dough onto plastic wrap and roll into 2.5 inch diameter logs. Wrap tightly, twisting the ends (see picture above). You should have two logs. Refrigerate them for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Slice cookies into 1/3 inch thick slices, and place them on prepared sheet pans. Make sure they stay cold so that they retain their shape in the oven. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges. They will look soft, but will harden as they cool down.
  • Remove from oven and let them cool on the pan for a 5 minutes or so. After they are manageable, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
  • Once the cookies have cooled, melt the chocolate in the microwave oven, checking and stirring every 10-15 seconds. Dip cookies halfway through into the melted chocolate, and place on a lined sheet pan. Sprinkle with the pistachio bits and some sea salt if desired. Let them cool until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!


  • Special equipment: stand mixer or handheld mixer, plastic wrap, sheet pans, parchment paper, cooling rack.
  • If making multiple batches, make sure to cool the sheet pans in between.
  • Make ahead: You can make the dough ahead of time (steps 1-2) and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the unbaked dough for up to 2 months - when ready to use, thaw the frozen dough in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Storing: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.