Pistachio Cream Cheese Cookies
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 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)
- In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until blended. Beat in egg, lemon zest, vanilla and food coloring. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
- Divide dough in half; shape each into a 7-1/2-in.-long roll. Roll in chopped pistachios. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
- 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.
- Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 61 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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May 25, 2018
You can't eat just one! Delicate, with a lot of pistachio flavor. They will be a great addition to my Christmas cookie platter.
Mar 29, 2018
I baked these in early March, for the cookie table at my son’s wedding. The main attraction was that they were green, and the wedding day was 3/17. Based on other reviews, I added a box of pistachio pudding and a tsp of pistachio extract. (Watkins, found at Walmart). That seemed to do the trick. They had a good pistachio flavor, and looked beautiful on the cookie trays. Pistachio is one of my DIL’s favorite flavors, so I’ll be making these again!! I gave it a 4 * rating because of all the additions needed
Mar 12, 2018
To Chefagogo -- great idea about adding the instant dry pudding mix, that will give it a kick. I wasn't going to make these after reading the reviews, but I think the pudding mix will make the difference. I will try it and update review later.3/12/18 -- Made the cookies yesterday. I added the dry instant pistachio pudding to the flour and didn't use the lemon peel, I subbed 1/2 tsp of almond extract. Well they are bland in taste even after my additions. It is basically a butter cookie with pistachios on the outside. The cookies are good but just not tasting the pistachio flavor. I really thought the dry instant pudding would have done it. But, they are pretty with the green and nuts on the side. I didn't add the pistachio nut on top and still pretty.
Mar 5, 2018
Has anyone tried adding instant pistachio pudding dry mix to cookie mix?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Nov 24, 2013
very tasteless cookie. love pistachio but you would never know there was pistachio in it. will not be making again