Pistachio Cookies

It’s been a long time since my last proper post, so I’m sneaking back into the blogosphere with this quick recipe for Pistachio cookies! A couple of years ago, I received a lovely cookie cookbook from my very bestest friend C, which I never got around to using. I was flicking through the pages last Sunday looking for a bit of inspiration as my baking mojo had upped and left me late last year and I wanted to get into the swing of things.

I settled for a recipe for pistachio and almond cookies, followed the recipe to the letter and it was a disaster. Following a lot of annoyed tweets, I got some great advice from the lovely @Katzwizkaz (her blog has a new name by the way and can be found here) and decided to call it a night. The next day, I started afresh. With a different book! This time I went with Rachel Allen’s recipe for Coffee and Hazelnut cookies which I adapted to contain pistachios and I was relieved to discover that they worked and more importantly, they were rather tasty too!

I’m not sure how long they will keep, but I stored mine in an airtight jar and three days in they are still crunchy.


50g butter
100g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g soft light brown sugar
50g pistachios (chopped)
2tbsp golden syrup


Preheat the oven to 180c

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar and half the pistachios.

Add the golden syrup and bring together to form a dough. The mixture will be quite crumbly but will easily press together.

Divide into 12 equal sized pieces and roll each one into a neat ball.

Arrange the dough balls, spaced apart, on the baking sheet and flatten slightly. Sprinkle the remaining pistachios over the tops.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden.

The cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven first so leave for 3-4 minutes before removing (carefully!) to cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. Colette says:

    Looks like your Baking Mojo has well and truly returned! Gorgeous looking cookies, and great shots. This recipe will have a happy home in my “will make” folder 🙂

  2. Aoife Mc says:

    Ooh, lovely! I love a nutty biccy and so this recipe looks right up my street.

    I’ve never really had much luck with cookies so looking forward to giving this one a go. Yours look perfect! Glad they turned out right for you second time round and using a different recipe 🙂

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