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Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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No 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 one of my very last cookie recipes to share before Christmas.

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

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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.

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Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

I originally made this cookie recipe The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Julie and Lindsay. This 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 for one Cookie-tastic Recipe Swap!

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Shortbread has always been at the top of my list for Christmas cookies and this simple recipe is no exception.

It’s buttery, crispy, and packed with dark chocolate and pistachio pieces.

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Every holiday cookie exchange should have at least one good shortbread cookie recipe in the mix.

Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies make wonderful cut-out cookies, and can even be frosting and decorated, so the chocolate and pistachios are a hidden surprise when you take a bite!

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Of all the cookies I’ve made this season, these Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies were my family’s favorite.

This 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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Pistachio-Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This simple crunchy Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe is sure to be a new family favorite!
Servings: 55 cookies



  • 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.)
  • Add the vanilla and salt and mix in. Then slowly add the flour until just combined. Mix in the chocolate and pistachios.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Flour a work surface and roll out half the dough until 1/4-inch thick. Using a 2- to 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.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes and cool on the cookie sheets 2-3 minutes, before moving to a cooling rack.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 39mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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55 comments on “Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Haven’t made them yet, only have salted butter, can I use that if I don’t add the salt it calls for, or just less? Have everything else and could go to the store if I have too, but prefer not too…
    I love shortbread so I know they are going to be delicious!

    Thank you

  2. thinking of adding almond extract instead or in addition to the vanilla extract. also very crumbly.

  3. Anyone tried these in a shortbread cookie pan?  I have one from King Arthur’s flour.  Thanks

  4. I made these for my friend and her family LOVED them!!

  5. We made these shortbread cookies for our neighbors this year and they were a huge hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Pistachio cookies are my favorite! I am adding these to my holiday list!

  7. This is a perfect holiday cookie! My family enjoyed it!

  8. these sound delicious!! I’m hoping to squeeze them into this years holiday cookie trays!

  9. Made this recipe using mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, rolled into logs then froze the dough for a few days to age it. Cut logs, put on parchment paper and baked as directed. No rolling means a very tender shortbread, and they were delicious. Thanks for posting an easy shortbread recipe! Thinking of using some dried cranberries next batch, or even some dried cherries.. lots of variations, tis the season! Happy Baking to all!

  10. Thanks for the recipe. Instead of flouring and rolling out the cookies, I just formed them in two logs, tightly wrapped in cling film and aged them in the freezer for two days. Baked as directed, they were delicious! Who doesn’t like shortbread?

    • Hi Linda
      Can you please tell me how many cookies you landed out with doing it the way you did? I want to make these but the rolling to 1/4 of an inch is such a pain if you don’t have a rolling pin that has those rubberband attachments (not sure what they’re called, lol). I just made a batch of gingerbread cookies that called for the dough to be rolled to that inch. While they did turn out I didn’t get the amount of cookies that dough should have made. I also like the fact that you said they come out very tender. I like the flavor combinations you’ve suggested as well. Cherry sounds right up my alley, lol. Hope to hear back from you soon as I’d like to make these over the weekend. I’m trying to get most of my holiday baking done so I’m not rushing at the last minute…

      • Hi Tammie, I am so sorry I just saw your post. I don’t remember how many cookies per log. They are delicious and versatile to play with the flavors. I keep cookie logs and balls in my freezer at all times, never more than 3 months. Happy Baking! 

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

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

  19. Pistachios and dark chocolate — oh my, yum!

  20. I love this combo.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

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

    Hugs <3

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

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

  30. I totally love shortbread and this version sounds amazing!!

  31. I love shortbread, the star shape is so fun!

  32. 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!

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

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

  35. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  43. 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!

  44. These are beautiful and look absolutely delicious!

  45. 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!

  46. These are adorable, and tasty too!

  47. I would have loved to get these in the mail!

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