Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? We’re finally in the home stretch and my holiday baking is kicking into high gear. Each holiday season there are 5 to 6 cookies that I always make. Friends, family, and neighbors can count on getting Double Chocolate Treasures, Pecan Tassies and a few other favorites. Every year I try to mix things up a bit and try a couple of new cookie recipes. I think I have found a new favorite in these Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies. They encompass everything you want in a cookie. Biting into the tender butter cookie and getting that bit of sweet chocolate and crunch from the pistachios is total perfection.

Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

When doing my holiday baking, it’s important that I have the right tools like a Stainless Steel Cookie Dropper from Good Cook, to ensure all of my cookies are the same size. As a Good Cook Kitchen Expert I am participating in the Sweet Creations Cookie Exchange, and received some fabulous new baking supplies to share this recipe with you.

Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies


1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 plus 1/3 cup raw unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped


Position a rack in center of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl using an hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add 1/2 cup pistachios and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.

Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into logs about 3 inches long. Place on baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch of room between each cookie. Bake until golden brown around edges, 18-20 minutes. Cool completely.

Put chopped chocolate in a double boiler set over barely-simmering water. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Place remaining 1/3 cup pistachios in a small shallow bowl. Dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate about 1-1 1/2 inches deep. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then roll chocolate-coated end in chopped pistachios. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Let stand until chocolate has hardened, at least one hour. Cookies will keep in airtight container up to 1 week.

This recipe yields 1 1/2 dozen cookies and can easily be doubled.

Recipe Source: Food52

Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

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  1. Those look delicious. I love pistachios.

  2. yum yum yum! i love pistachio!!

  3. I MUST make these!! They sound/look delicious!

  4. Kaye Newman says:

    This recipe sounds delicious and so easy to make. I am going to make this for my family’s Christmas party!

  5. Yummmmm! look so good

  6. My grandpa would have liked these. He loved pistachios and shortbread.

  7. I WANT that cookie dropper – and I bet this would be good with almonds or pecans as well!

  8. We love pistachios. I’m sure these cookies are yum!

  9. I really like pistachios. These cookies look right up my alley.

  10. These sound so so good! I’d like to have them with a hazlenut latte! Yum!

  11. Those look delicious, Angela, and so festive too!

  12. Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts and these look incredible!

  13. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I am a huge fan of pistachio cookies! These sound fabulous, and look great!

  14. I am a big fan of pistachios i made my caramel apples with them. Im definitely trying this they look delicious!

  15. Oh these look so yummy! I think I may actually have all of the ingredients on hand…hmmm… :)

  16. I love pistachios! Oh I am so going to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Those look very festive with the hint of green!

  18. These cookies look so delicious. I think it’s a great idea to dip the cookies in pistachios as well as chocolate. I can’t wait to try this, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  19. Those look yummy! Now to figure out if I can make them gluten free!

  20. My husband would love these. He is a nut about pistachios!

  21. I love shortbread cookies! These look wonderfully easy to make.

  22. The problem here is that I would eat them ALL. The whole bag.

  23. My father-in-law loves pistachios, so I need to make these for him.

  24. These look great! I love pistachios and don’t find many recipes using them. Thanks for the recipe.

  25. What a coincidence! I was just looking at a similar recipe in a magazine I bought. Looks yummy!

  26. hush now, we have a week and a day don’t we? DON”T WE???

    i need more time!!

    and cookies. like these.

  27. These look so so yummy.

  28. These sound delicious! We might make these tomorrow night. Davey & I are having a evening of cookie making!

  29. These remind me of some bicottis my mother made! Yum :)

  30. saminder gumer says:

    these look great. i have had them before (but not homemade) and they were great. i got them from a bakery and these look better than the ones i got there. thanks for the recipe. i will definitely be using ths.

  31. Pistachios are my favorite nuts. This looks very yummy have to try it soon.

  32. My mom just recently asked me what kind of cookies I wanted to make for the holiday season this year and I was thinking something a little different than our normal go-to cookies.

    This definitely is different and going on the list :D

  33. Wow, those look so yummy! Those would be good for me to have too since Pistachios are great for lowering cholesterol! ;-) See, I knew I could find a good excuse to have yummy treats!

  34. Mmmm…chocolate. Thanks for the great idea for some new cookies.

  35. These cookies look and sound delicious. I like the way you laid out the recipe for others to follow with ease and comfort.

  36. those look delicious to go with a cup of coffee! yummy!

  37. please send some of the cookies over to me :)

  38. These are beautiful and must be just DELICIOUS!!! Love them!!

  39. Oh these look really good. We are fans of pistachio’s!!

  40. No, I cannot believe Christmas is almost here. Sigh. :) We love pistachios so I’ll give this a try during my son’s Christmas break… now that I have some time to breathe.

  41. I love pistachios so I would totally dig these cookies. They look yummy!

  42. Yum! These would be perfect for New YEars!

  43. Those look delicious! I need a cookie dropper like that, I’m guilty of having a wide variety of sizes for my cookies.

  44. These look amazing and I am a BIG pistachi lover!

  45. OMG these look absolutely delicious

  46. Yum! I love shortbread, and shortbread dipped in pistachios is even better!

  47. Ioana Hampton says:

    I love the combination of shortbread and pistachio! These look lovely and easy to make, yum!

  48. Those sound so yummy. I would love to have one with a nice cup of chia tea!

  49. I love shortbread and always want to share It with people, but typically it looks too “plain jane” or if it is made in a circle, a big pie slice seems too big. This is sooo perfect because It dresses them up and gives them a cute shape, they look irresistible! And easy, too. Also, this doesn’t make such a huge batch that you’ll be at it for hours and hours!!! Great recipe – I want to make it for the holiday week!

  50. Lisa Brown says:

    i love dipped cookies…they look flaky and crisp…yum!

  51. These look super delicious. My grand pop loves pistachios so he would get a kick out of these.

  52. My moms love pistachio! I should try making these for her!

  53. Ooooh I’ll take a dozen!! ;-) So good!!

  54. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    oooo pistchios are great!

  55. These look awesome, and so different from the typical, boring cookie! I’ll have to give them a try! :)

  56. I usually don’t eat shortbread cookies, but wow!

  57. Tanya Holland says:

    These look delicious. I might have to add these to my holiday cookies for every year. My son would love thes.

  58. David Smith says:

    I love shortbread and really like pistachios, so these cookies are looking incredibly good. The chocolate dip adds even more goodness. Thanks for the recipe, we are going to try it.

  59. I bet these taste really good!

  60. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love shortbread and lately I have been using pistachios more in baking. However I have not yet made a shortbread cookie with pistachios and now that you have given me this delicious recipe I shall try it soon.

  61. nicole dz says:

    they look so pretty, and I bet the pistachios pair great with the shortbread and chocolate. I would even wrap these up and gift some of these. Would make a great gift stuck inside a mug for mothers day.

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