Pistachio Butter Cookies (for the lazy in all of us)

December 15, 2009

Does it seem like I’m cookie obsessed at the moment? I have that annoying personality trait that when I’m getting over a fear of something, I go nuts and slightly obsessive. I didn’t just want to get over my cookie handicap, I wanted to soar over it and crush it into the ground! In face I’ve gone out and bought myself a new large baking sheet with the grand plan of churning more biscuit goodness.

These nutty beauties uses basic ingredients and whatever nuts you may have stashed in the bottom of your pantry. It’s so damn easy that I call it my lazy cookie but despite its humble appearance, it certainly hits a wholesome spot when paired with a glass of milk and perhaps an equally wholesome dvd (last night it was Disney’s 101 Dalmatians). *smile*

The childlike magic of cookies and milk!

Pistachio Butter Cookies


50g pistachios (or whatever whole nuts you prefer), plus extra for decoration
250g butter, softened and chopped
160g icing sugar
225g plain flour
2 Tbl cornflour
2 Tbl rice flour
90g ground almonds / almond meal


Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F) and lightly grease your baking sheets. Sift flours together in a bowl and set aside.

In a small frying pan, toast pistachios until lightly browned. Roughly chop or process the toasted nuts and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Stir in the sifted flours, almond meal and chopped pistachios until combined.

Place rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough on your baking sheets allowing a few centimetres in between each cookie to allow for spreading. With the extra nuts, press whole pistachios into the top of the mounds, then bake for around 25 minutes or until firm.

Rest cookies for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with extra icing sugar before serving if you wish.

Makes about 40 cookies.


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane November 11, 2012 at 08:17

Don’t understand the amounts….what is ‘og’ or ‘g’??


Citrus and Candy November 11, 2012 at 11:54

The ‘g’ is grams. Those ‘o’ are zeroes. We use metric system in Australia. Thanks :)


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Kate December 20, 2009 at 09:41

Karen they look scrumptious! Ive been baking christmas bikkies all day. Amaretti's, almond and ginger biscotti & cranberry and honey macadamia shortbread. Yum!


Becky December 18, 2009 at 14:05

Those look great. I need to do more baking with pistachios!


Conor @ HoldtheBeef December 18, 2009 at 10:55

A glass of milk and 101 Dalmatians? Bless!


Forager December 17, 2009 at 05:37

Yum! I could eat a few of those right now for afternoon tea!


Lauren December 17, 2009 at 04:52

Oooh. Gorgeous!


Iron Chef Shellie December 17, 2009 at 01:26

I will be making these with the 1.8kg of pistachios I still have left :P


Ellie (Almost Bourdain) December 16, 2009 at 11:22

I remember how we whinged during DBC Milano Cookies and now you can't get enough of cookies making lol!! I am still not into the mood…. soon, soon.


Fiona December 16, 2009 at 09:09

I love the ones pushed into the tops :) make me want to bite it off :)


A cupcake or two December 16, 2009 at 04:57

They would make a quick and easy christmas treat for someone. I love pistachios. Eheheh its such a funny word especially when Bill Granger says it.ehehe


Helen (grabyourfork) December 15, 2009 at 21:31

These sound great and who doesn't like lazy baking? My favourite kind!


Simon December 15, 2009 at 06:20

Tend to prefer simple cookies over more complicated ones so these look perfect :)


Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 02:13

Can I use regular flour for the corn/rice flour? Can I replace the almond meal with anything else?


mademoiselle délicieuse December 15, 2009 at 01:52

I once bought a large baking sheet thinking that it would make for more even cooking instead of having to split into batches. Took it home but it didn't fit in my oven! Turns out that not all ovens are created equal =p


Alexandra December 14, 2009 at 22:23

Whoa ho! These look yummy. Can you believe I've never had a pistachio before? Crazy, right? I love the nutty combinations… Ground nuts give the best touch to foods when they get mixed with lots and lots of butter ;)


joey@FoodiePop December 14, 2009 at 17:50

These look so good! Love pistachios, and cookies. :)


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