Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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I originally made this cookie recipe The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Julie and Lindsay.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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5 from 12 votes

Pistachio-Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This simple crunchy Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe is sure to be a new family favorite!

Servings: 55 cookies
Nutrition Facts
Pistachio-Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Potassium 39mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon 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- 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.

  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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50 comments on “Pistachio Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

  1. Veronica M Legutkoposted December 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply

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

  2. Jenniferposted December 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm Reply

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

  3. Annaposted December 12, 2018 at 11:42 am Reply

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

  4. laurenposted December 12, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply

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

  5. Toniposted December 12, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply

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

  6. Cheryl Sousanposted December 12, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply

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

  7. lindaposted December 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply

    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!

  8. lindaposted October 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    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?

    • Sommerposted October 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Great idea Linda!:)

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  14. sandraposted March 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm Reply

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

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  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted December 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply

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

  17. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted December 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Pistachios and dark chocolate — oh my, yum!

  18. Joyposted December 14, 2012 at 1:10 am Reply

    I love this combo.

  19. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted December 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

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

  20. Amandaposted December 13, 2012 at 11:48 am Reply

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

  21. Toni | Boulder Locavoreposted December 13, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    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.

  22. Aggieposted December 13, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

    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!

  23. Amy (Savory Moments)posted December 13, 2012 at 6:02 am Reply

    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.

  24. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted December 13, 2012 at 12:10 am Reply

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

  25. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm Reply

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

    Hugs <3

  26. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted December 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm Reply

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

  27. Ashley - Baker by Natureposted December 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm Reply

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

  28. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted December 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply

    I totally love shortbread and this version sounds amazing!!

  29. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm Reply

    I love shortbread, the star shape is so fun!

  30. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted December 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply

    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!

  31. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Loooove! Wish I had these!

  32. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted December 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm Reply

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

  33. [email protected] Food Ramblingsposted December 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm Reply

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

  34. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted December 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm Reply

    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.

  35. Jeanetteposted December 12, 2012 at 11:52 am Reply

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

  36. Paula - bell'alimentoposted December 12, 2012 at 11:42 am Reply

    Loving all the cookie recipes!

  37. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted December 12, 2012 at 11:37 am Reply

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

  38. Janet Fosterposted December 12, 2012 at 11:21 am Reply

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

  39. Living The Sweet Lifeposted December 12, 2012 at 10:45 am Reply

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

  40. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted December 12, 2012 at 10:03 am Reply

    SO amazing Sommer. I LOVE pistachio!!

  41. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted December 12, 2012 at 10:01 am Reply

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

  42. katieposted December 12, 2012 at 9:20 am Reply

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

  43. Sanjeeta kkposted December 12, 2012 at 8:51 am Reply

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

  44. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted December 12, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    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!

  45. Carol | a cup of mascarponeposted December 12, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    These are beautiful and look absolutely delicious!

  46. thelittleloafposted December 12, 2012 at 8:00 am Reply

    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!

  47. Angieposted December 12, 2012 at 7:54 am Reply

    These are adorable, and tasty too!

  48. shelly (cookies and cups)posted December 12, 2012 at 6:52 am Reply

    I would have loved to get these in the mail!

  49. Belinda @zomppaposted December 12, 2012 at 6:52 am Reply

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