Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Buttery Pistachio-Chocolate Shortbread Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.com #cookies #christmascookies #cookieexchangeNo holiday cookie platter would be complete without a killer shortbread cookie recipe. This simple Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe is sure to be a new family favorite!

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So many Christmas cookies, so little time.

Today’s Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are my very last cookie to share before Christmas.

Sniff, sniff. I know. If only we had a few more weeks…

I’ve still got dazzling cocktails and party dishes that need to make it to your holiday table, so cookies are going-out-with-gusto today, as part of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Julie and Lindsay, is an annual holiday event in which food bloggers send a box of their favorite cookies to several other bloggers and receive cookies in return. Then we all post our recipes on the same day (today) for one Cookie-tastic Recipe Swap!

This year’s cookie swap is extra special because every blogger made a donation to Cookies For Kids Cancer, an organization committed to fighting pediatric cancer, and OXO has generously offered to match all donations.

Ten years ago, I lost my little niece to cancer right before the holidays, and our family has never quite recovered. This cause is near and dear to my heart and I’m honored to play a small part. Learn more about how you can help fight against pediatric cancer here.

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For my last cookie recipe of the season, I felt it was necessary to go with Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. Every holiday cookie exchange should have at least one good shortbread cookie recipe in the mix.

Of all the cookies I’ve made this season, these Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies were Lt. Dan and my little guy’s favorite. They loved the crisp texture, the rich bits of dark chocolate speckled throughout, and the nutty green pistachios.

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This pistachio chocolate shortbread cookie recipe is subtle at first taste, yet the earthy flavors work their way to the forefront, so much so, that you can’t stop eating them.

They are fantastic with coffee or hot chocolate and are sturdy enough to ship.

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Thank you Lindsay and Julie for hosting such a fun and meaningful event, and thanks to the new friends who sent me cookies!

I Received:

Peppermint Swirl Cookie Pops from Wanda of My Sweet Zepol

Almond Kiss Cookies from Selena of Nom Nom Crunch

and Chocolate Caramel Cookies from an Unknown Source

To see all the cookie recipes, follow #fbcookieswap on Twitter or the GFBCS Facebook Page.


Yield: 50-55 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes active time

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Pistachio-Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teapoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 2/3 cup chopped shelled pistachios


  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy--3-5 minutes. (Don't skimp on the time--this make a big difference in texture.)
  2. Add the vanilla and salt and mix in. Then slowly add the flour until just combined. Mix in the chocolate and pistachios.
  3. Dump the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Press into a disk, then wrap well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Break the dough in half, leaving half in the fridge.
  5. Flour a work surface and roll out half the dough until 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2-3 inch cookie cutter, cut out the cookies very close together. Then gather the remaining dough, re-roll and cut again. Every time you roll out the dough it gets tougher, so try to cut as many from the first roll as possible. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes and cool on the cookie sheets 2-3 minutes, before moving to a cooling rack.

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41 Responses to “Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — December 12, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    Too many cookies? Happy to help you out with eating some of these….


  2. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 12, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I would have loved to get these in the mail!


  3. #
    Angie — December 12, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    These are adorable, and tasty too!


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    thelittleloaf — December 12, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I’m pinning this recipe to make this weekend – not only do they look gorgeously Christmassy, they combine some of my all time favourite flavours. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and pistachio – yum!


  5. #
    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — December 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    These are beautiful and look absolutely delicious!


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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 12, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Yup, every holiday cookie platter should have these on it! I love the star cut outs and am obsessed with pistachios, so these cookies are mouth watering to me…even first thing in the morning!


  7. #
    Sanjeeta kk — December 12, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Awee..these cookies are just perfect for Christmas! Love the addition of chocolate and Pistachios in the cookies.


  8. #
    katie — December 12, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    These cookies look fabulous and sounds like you received some pretty tasty treats, as well!


  9. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 12, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I love the star shapes! So cute – and shortbread? Can’t get enough :)


  10. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 12, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    SO amazing Sommer. I LOVE pistachio!!


  11. #
    Living The Sweet Life — December 12, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    You’re so right, every holiday season needs a great short bread and I think, this one is this years winner :D


  12. #
    Janet Foster — December 12, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed these. I’m a sucker for a shortbread cookie. Thanks so much.


  13. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 12, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I’ve never made shortbread cookies before, but I think I might give them a try this year. Love this!


  14. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 12, 2012 @ 11:42 am

    Loving all the cookie recipes!


  15. #
    Jeanette — December 12, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    So sorry to hear about your niece Sommer, what a wonderful way to help fight childhood cancer. Beautiful shortbread cookies!


  16. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 12, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    Your cookies look amazing as usual! No more cookie recipes this year???? Now that is crazy talk! You have the most pretty cookies. I still have your fruitcake cookie bookmarked.


  17. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 12, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    beautiful– they look delicious…and I love all the tree accessories!


  18. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 12, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I love everything about these. Shortbread is so good! And I love the pistachios!


  19. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 12, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Loooove! Wish I had these!


  20. #
    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Believe it or not, I just had my first shortbread cookie about 2 weeks ago! I always thought they were plain-Jane, but not anymore!

    I love your version!


  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 12, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I love shortbread, the star shape is so fun!


  22. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 12, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    I totally love shortbread and this version sounds amazing!!


  23. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — December 12, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    I have those Christmas tree mugs, too! Now… if only I had these cookies – hmmm!


  24. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 12, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    I could eat a whole batch of these, yum!!


  25. #
    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — December 12, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Those cookies look adorable, Sommer! Loving the combination of chocolate and Pistachios :)

    Hugs <3


  26. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — December 13, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    Two of my favorite ingredients!! Festive cookies, Sommer :)


  27. #
    Amy (Savory Moments) — December 13, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    These cookies look really tasty! I love shortbread because you can flavor it up any way you want. Pistachios and dark chocolate sound like a great cookie combination.


  28. #
    Aggie — December 13, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I would love one of these cookies right now! They are gorgeous Sommer – shortbread cookies are some of my favorite kind of cookies, I love the add ins, pistachios…yum!


  29. #
    Toni | Boulder Locavore — December 13, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Sommer you have pulled out all the stops on the holiday cookie front and every one has looked fabulous! Of course the thing that jumped out is the news of your niece; I’m so sorry for you and your family. I’m not sure one ever is truly the same after such a tragedy.


  30. #
    Amanda — December 13, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I am in love with this creative combo! Love chocolate and pistachio!! :)


  31. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — December 13, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Simply delicious! I love the combo of chocolate and pistachio. Sweet and salty :)


  32. #
    Joy — December 14, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    I love this combo.


  33. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 15, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    Pistachios and dark chocolate — oh my, yum!


  34. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 17, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    How cute are these?! I wouldn’t have minded coming home to this in my mailbox :)


  35. #
    sandra — March 17, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    These are so festive. And look wonderfully hearty. I love the pistachio addition, too.



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