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Published 04/13/2021 Updated 03/16/2022
Have you started to enjoy the beautiful spring weather? As the weather warms up, I started to crave an afternoon cup of ice-cold coffee. After all, nothing tastes better than iced coffee on a warm spring day–but then, what should I enjoy with it? I personally think our cute and delicious pistachio butter cookies are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea this season!
Our pistachio butter cookies use real pistachios as the main ingredient–giving the cookies a cake-like texture with a bold nutty flavor. Topped with lemon powdered sugar icing, these cookies taste like the perfect high-tea treat! So, let’s learn how to make this homemade pistachio cookies recipe!
Before we go to the recipe, we shared some baking tips, as well as some answers to questions you may have about the cookies!
Pistachio Butter Cookies Baking Tips
Below, we listed some tips to help you bake these pistachio butter cookies!
- For this homemade pistachio cookies recipe, you can either make roasted pistachio butter using our recipe or buy some pre-made pistachio butter at the grocery store!
- We recommend chilling the cookie dough for approximately 30 minutes before you handle it. If you do not, the cookies can fall flat. While rolling the cookies into balls, you heat the dough with your hands. As such, the butter softens too much and the cookies may not hold their structure. Chilling the dough saves your cookies from getting too warm as they are formed into balls.
- As the cookies bake, they naturally become less green. If you want greener cookies, I recommend using one or two drops of green food coloring. In my case, for a reference point, I did not use artificial coloring when photographing these cookies.
- Before adding the milk, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to your powdered sugar for the icing, make sure to sift the powdered sugar. As a result, you will have a nice, smooth glaze. If you do not, you may have ugly clumps of sugar in your icing.
- When making the powder sugar icing, you can adjust the amount of fresh lemon juice to your personal taste. If you want, you can even omit the lemon. Just note, the lemon flavor will be overpowering if you just taste the icing on its own. On the cookies, you will only taste a hint of fresh lemon.
Homemade Pistachio Cookies Frequently Asked Questions
Below, we listed some questions you may have about these cookies. If we do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment or email us at [email protected]!
Can I Make This Recipe Gluten- and Egg-Free?
Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free and egg-free!
As someone with celiac disease, I understand the requirements around eating gluten-free. For this recipe, I recommend using King Arther’s Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour Blend. You do not need to add any xanthan gum for this recipe– it is already in the flour blend. To make this recipe gluten-free, just replace the regular flour with gluten-free flour!
Excitingly, this recipe is naturally egg-free. While many cookie recipes contain eggs, this one does not!
Can Make the Dough in Advance?
Before parties, I often make certain recipes, such as cookies, in advance. Then, I refrigerate or freeze the dough until the date of the party! It saves a lot of energy on the day of the event.
For this cookie recipe, you can leave the cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in a sealed container. Typically, I keep it in the bowl with a lid or place plastic wrap over the top.
If you need to keep the dough any longer, I recommend freezing it. To freeze the cookie dough, place it into a freezer-safe container. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Check often to make sure it doesn’t get any freezer burn.
Note: If you do freeze the cookies, make sure to fully defrost the dough before you attempt to bake them. Otherwise, your cookies will not bake fully or evenly.
Cookie Tip: If you want to freeze these cookies, and do not care if they look like little balls, we recommend rolling the dough into a log form. That way, when you defrost the cookies, you can simply slice and bake them!
Do These Cookies Taste Delicious Without the Icing?
I love these cookies with and without the lemon powdered sugar icing. Both versions taste delicious!!!
With the icing glaze, the cookies taste sweeter and have a hint of lemon. I can usually eat 1-3 of the cookies at a time with the icing.
On the other hand, the pistachio butter cookies taste less sweet without the powdered sugar icing. The nuttiness of the pistachios come forward much more. Because they are less sweet, I can eat 3-5 cookies in one sitting.
How Should I Store My Cookies?
These pistachio butter cookies are best served the day they are baked. If you have any leftover cookies, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day. After that, I recommend storing these cookies in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Once refrigerated, you may notice the cookies get a bit harder. To make them soft again, let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
What Should I Serve With These Pistachio Butter Cookies?
I enjoy eating these cookies the most with tea or coffee. Typically, in the afternoons and evenings, I will serve these cookies with decaf!
Do You Enjoy Pistachios?
In the end, do you enjoy eating pistachios? If so, let us know of any pistachio recipes you enjoy. We would love to hear of any recommendations in the comment section!
Also, we listed further pistachio recipes you may enjoy from Carving A Journey below!
Carving A Journey Drinks to Enjoy With Our Pistachio Butter Cookies:
- Burnt Brown Sugar Syrup Iced Latte
- Korean Strawberry Milk
- Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
- Dalgona Coffee (Korean Whipped Coffee)
- Cold Brew Iced Coffee
Carving A Journey Pistachio Recipes:
- Pistachio Butter Recipes
- Meringue Christmas Tree Cookies with Pistachios
- White Chocolate and Smoked Salt Pistachio Brittle
Further, if you want to try different types of nut butters, we recommend checking out our list of different nut butter recipes! We listed different recipes from different food writers and bloggers. You can find our pistachio butter recipe on the list as well!
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