Pistachio Thumbprints Recipe
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Pistachio Thumbprints Recipe

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"These mild pistachio-flavored cookies disappear in a wink," says Liz Probelski of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • FILLING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 163 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 84 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and dry pudding mix; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in nuts. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; make a thumbprint in center of cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  3. For filling, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spoon into center of cooled cookies.
  4. For glaze, if desired, melt chocolate chips and shortening; drizzle over cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: about 7 dozen.
Originally published as Pistachio Thumbprints in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p67

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 163 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 84 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"These are one of my all-time favorite cookies. My husband can't have nuts so I roll these cookies in coconut instead. They are such a pretty touch of color on a Christmas cookie tray! I've also subbed out different pudding flavors for the pistachio to change up the color and flavor for different seasons. When I take these anywhere, I'm always asked for the recipe :)"

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"Loved this "shortbread-type" cookie with sweet icing. I might try rolling them in pistachio nuts next time for more pistachio flavor, or at Christmas shaping them into "logs" and striping them with icing tinted red. They were delicious."

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