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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Apr 17, 2020
Was reading the reviews, has anyone tried to cut back on powder sugar? Adds a sweetness that enhances sweet and masks flavor.
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.