From decadent desserts to savory dinners, pistachios are good in just about anything.
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Pistachio Drop Cookies

Crumbly, bite-sized drops of heaven made with real pistachios


  • 1 cup pistachios, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp almond extract 
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled) 
  • Optional: 1-2 drops green food coloring


Pulse pistachios in a food processor until small crumbs form. You need ¾ cup of very finely chopped pistachios. Set aside.

Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. 

Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract, then beat on medium-high speed until combined. 

Add the flour, ¾ cup pistachio crumbs, and food coloring (if using) and beat on medium-high speed until combined. The dough may not come together at first, but keep mixing. The cookie dough will be thick.

Cover the cookie dough tightly and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and up to 3 days. (If chilling for 2+ hours, let the cookie dough sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling into balls. The cookie dough will be very stiff after being in the refrigerator that long.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

Roll the cookie dough into balls, about 1 tbsp of dough each, and place dough balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. If the cookie dough is too crumbly, keep rolling and working it with your hands. The warmth of your hands will help bring it together.

Bake the cookies until lightly browned on the bottom edges and just barely browned on top, about 14-15 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack. Make sure cookies are cool to the touch before dipping in icing.

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