Pistachio Butter Cookies // Fork in the Kitchen

Pistachio Butter Cookies

  • Author: Fork in the Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus overnight chill)
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 12 hours (including chill)
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


A mix between shortbread and sugar cookie, these slightly crisp yet soft cookies are coated with pistachios; a perfect melt-in-your-mouth combination!



  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar 
  • 1 unbeaten egg yolk (save the egg white)
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted pistachios, divided, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar – for coating


  1. Using either a hand or standing mixer, combine butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk, heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, baking powder, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Place dough on a large piece of plastic wrap, and lightly flour hands. Shape dough into a log, approximately 12 inches long. Wrap the log of dough in the plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  2. The next day, preheat oven to 400°F. Combine 1/4 cup sugar with remaining 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios; set aside. Lightly beat the saved egg white and brush onto rolled dough all over. Place the dough log on a baking sheet and cover, then roll, in the sugar-nut mixture until coated. See photos as a guide. You may want to slightly press in the nuts if larger pieces are not sticking. Use a sharp knife to cut the log into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Place slices on a cookie sheet (I always use parchment lined baking sheets). Leave space between each cookie. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until slightly golden brown along the edges. Let sit for 1-2 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container once completely cooled.


If your pistachios are salted, halve the amount of salt you put into the dough. 

There will be a little leftover pistachio/sugar coating – you can either halve the amount if this concerns you, sprinkle the remainder on top of the cookies, or save it to top your oatmeal in the morning!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cookie, easy, nut, butter cookie, shortbread

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