Christmas Pistachio Bites

Christmas Pistachio Bites

Pistachio cookies with a white candy coating give these simple slice and bake cookies a holiday flair.

20 min. prep time
72 cookies
757 Ratings


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shelled pistachios
6 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
1 teaspoon shortening
1/2 cup coarsely chopped shelled pistachios


Combine butter and brown sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, almond extract and vanilla; beat at low speed until well mixed and dough forms. Stir in 1/2 cup pistachios until evenly distributed in dough.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into 10-inch log. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight until firm.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Cut 1 log at a time, keeping remaining log refrigerated, into 1/4-inch slices with sharp knife. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Place candy coating and shortening in bowl. Microwave 1 minute. Stir; continue microwaving, stirring every 15 seconds, until candy coating is melted and smooth.

Place waxed paper onto flat surface. Dip each cookie halfway into warm coating; shake off excess. Place onto waxed paper; immediately decorate with pistachios. Let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 60

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 30mg

Carbohydrates: 6g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14393©2010Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Christmas favorite. I have also made these without the almond bar- just dipped in royal icing flavored with almond extract.
I love these and think they jazz up a cookie tray!
Would someone help me figure out what I did wrong with these? I had such high expectations and was disappointed with the end result. I am looking for a couple of new recipes for my array of Christmas cookies and thought I had found one in this recipe. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Instead of rolling into a log, I refrigerated the dough for the required time and then rolled it into little balls which I then flatted with a glass dipped in sugar. The cookies were consistent in size and I thought they had baked up beautifully. Unfortunately, they were extremely brittle and I lost at least one half of them to breakage from either lifting them off the rack to cool completely or when dippingt them into the melting chocolate.

Help! I would love to make these again and have them turn out the way they are supposed to be.
These cookies are delicious and easy to make!
I made these cookies for my family and a work event and they went over extremely well. They are beautiful, tasty, and easy to make. This is definitely a reciped I will keep and use over and over again. Thank you!
I have made these and can say that they definitely rate 5 stars. Buttery crisp on the outside and tender crumb on the inside. They come together fast and present beautifully on a holiday cookie tray.

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