Christmas Pistachio Bites
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Christmas Pistachio Bites

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

20 min
02 hrs 20 min


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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

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

  6. STEP 6

    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.


4Fat (mg)
5Cholesterol (mg)
30Sodium (mg)
6Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  December 28, 2015

Christmas favorite. I have also made these without the almond bar- just dipped in royal icing flavored with almond extract.

— says Sherri
  December 11, 2013

I love these and think they jazz up a cookie tray!

— says Jill
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