I took last week away from the blog world to celebrate my birthday.  I am trying to embrace my big 3-0 and not let it freak me out too much and I had such a great time celebrating the big day with family and friends.

I have wanted to share these Pistachio Cookies with you since Christmas, but I figured given their color, it’s not too late to share because they would be a great St. Patrick’s Day treat!

Pistachio Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These cookies are perfect little puffs of almond-y pistachio goodness.  I have always loved pistachio-flavored sweets like gelato and macarons.  The interesting thing is that the actual flavor that I love about these pistachio-flavored confections is really derived from almond extract.  The “pistachio” in these Pistachio cookies is comes from pistachio instant pudding mix which is a main reason that these cookies stay so deliciously soft.

Pistachio Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Pistachio Cookies are particularly fun to make because you get to roll each ball of dough into sugar before you bake them.  And the smell that will fill your house while you bake these cookies is unbelievable.  You may find yourself with a burned tongue because you will want to eat one of these cookies immediately when they come out of the oven!

Pistachio Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 50 cookies

Soft, light and fluffy pistachio cookies


  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachio


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat together butter, 1/2 cup sugar, oil, water, egg, pudding mix, almond and salt until well combined.
  3. Add baking powder, flour and pistachios and mix to combine.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar and place onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  6. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
  7. Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion

Pistachio Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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11 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I hope you had a great week celebrating, Mercedes! I love these cookies!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      Thank you Cassie, I did have a great birthday celebration!


  2. Kitty Burke
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    These are still some of our families cookies, but only make them at Christmas…..Hmmmm, maybe my new St. Patricks cookie now. Thanks, Mercedes. Always love checking out your blog and new recipes.


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      They are always some of my favorite cookies too Kitty, thank you!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about how you celebrated! Here’s to 30!!!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

      Thanks Em and thank you for the card! I had a great time and will call you this weekend to catch up!


  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    pistachio pudding has and always will be my favorite pudding flavor. 🙂 Happy freaking birthday Mercedes!!! woo hoo. You deserve a break!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

      Thank you Sally! I had a great time celebrating my birthday!


  5. luv what you do
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    30 is a wonderful year. Enjoy!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 04, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

      Thank you for the birthday wishes!


  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    Hope you had a great birthday week! These cookies look so tender and delicious!


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