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Lemon Pistachio Cookies Recipe

These lemon pistachio shortbread cookies are going to change the way you make cookies forever! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nuts
Servings: 24 Cookies
Calories: 154kcal


  • 1 cup butter room-temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice You can add a drop or two of lemon essential oil if you really want to kick up the flavor. Just make sure that your essential oil is safe for internal use.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional


  • Beat the butter for about two minutes in a large bowl. Butter should be pale and creamy.
  • Add the lemon juice and beat another second or two until it is mixed in.
  • Remove the bowl from your mixer (or take your beaters out of the bowl).
  • Sift in the powdered sugar and gently stir with a wooden spoon.
  • Sift in the flour and stir gently.
  • Add the chopped pistachios and chocolate chips (if desired) and stir until combined.
  • Put an 18" (approximately) sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. (You can keep the wrap from moving around by wiping the counter with a slightly damp cloth beforehand).
  • Put your dough onto the wrap and form into a long "log" about two inches thick. Press log tightly together so it does not come apart.
  • Roll the dough up in the plastic wrap and put in the freezer until ready to bake.
  • To bake, remove the log from the freezer and allow to thaw for about 15 minutes. Unwrap and slice into 1/2" thick slices. (You may need to wait a bit longer for the log to thaw before you can cut into it. I use a large butcher knife to cut the cookie dough).
  • Place on a baking sheet with a baking mat, or on a stoneware pan.
  • Bake at 320 degrees for 16-18 minutes (longer if you use stoneware).


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 252IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg