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Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

My son-in-law is a big fan of pistachios. He looks forward to these buttery cookies at holiday time, but I make them for him more than just once a year. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:60 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 drops green food coloring
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 60 shelled pistachios (about 1/3 cup)


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until blended. Beat in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and food coloring. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Divide dough in half; shape each into a 7-1/2-in.-long roll. Roll in chopped pistachios. Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap and cut crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a whole pistachio into the center of each cookie.
  • 4. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 61 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies

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teachershirl User ID: 6365761 240544
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I looked forward to trying these cookies from the moment I saw them in Taste of Home. However, they ended up being a huge disappointment. While they were quite easy to make and look very pretty, they are very bland with no discernable pistachio flavor at all. I felt like it was a huge waste of money using all those pistachios when you couldn't even taste them. I won't be making these again."

daniellem02 User ID: 7255396 217239
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"It is true that these cookies have very little pistachio flavor, but they were such an attractive and easy cookie that I doctored the recipe, and now it is exactly what I want. I omit the lemon peel, and substitute almond extract for the vanilla. I really like the cream cheese dough, and they look fantastic on a cookie tray!"

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 125702
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"My mom made these last Christmas. They are pretty but I think next time I will add some almond extract and cherries as one of the reviews suggested."

hairymelon88 User ID: 2978148 125698
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I added very finely, almost powdered , pistachios to this and it turned out more flavorful. I also double the recipe and divided it in half before adding the pistachios and green. To the second half I added 18 finely minced and paper towel blotted maraschino cherries , two drops of almond flavoring, and a few drops of red food coloring. I rolled the pistachio in the nuts and the cherry in coconut. I put a pistachio on top of the green cookies and a half maraschino cherry on the pink cookies. They look beautiful on the serving tray and taste scrumptious. Will definitely make again."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 119420
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"I made these for Christmas cookies today. I was a little disappointed they didn't have any pistachio flavor as a previous reviewer mentioned below. They are really nice looking and a festive cookie for the holiday. I think next time I will make them with a box of pistachio pudding mix to add some pistachio flavor throughout."

puffybloomers User ID: 1501090 140457
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"very tasteless cookie. love pistachio but you would never know there was pistachio in it. will not be making again"

nickshredscott User ID: 7493773 123164
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"so yummy!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.