St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cookies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Hope you are wearing green or there’s a pinch coming your way!
It’s pretty difficult to find a recipe for St. Patrick’s Day. As the recipe description says “In the wide world of baking there are very few green-colored goodies.” Sure it’s easy to dye something green but I wanted something pistachio, the only green thing I could think of! These were very easy to make. The dough took about 15 minutes to make and it comes together all in one bowl.  

Baking Tip: When you’re measuring liquids use a liquid measure cup, not measuring spoons. It just makes it easier. Precise measurements are key for baking. Using a liquid measure cup for liquids ensures that the liquid you can pour right up to the measurement line and you don’t have to worry about it sloshing over the top or the sides when moving. When you are pouring the liquid, the cup should be on a level surface and your eyes should be level with the line you are measuring too.
I used one measuring cup for all my liquid to cut down on cleaning. I filled the oil up to the ¼ cup line and then poured the water on top to the ½ line. A quarter cup of each! Then added the egg and vanilla on top. Easy peazie and one less bowl! Hurrah!
Time for our pistachio flavor! It comes from pudding mix! What did I tell you – easy!
You can use this recipe as a base for all sorts of different pudding flavors. Just pick your favorite, and go for it! Butter-rum flavor would be delicious rolled in chopped pecans.
Roll balls of dough in sugar and flatten with the bottom of a glass.
St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cookies
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
1 large egg
Two ¾-ounce packages of pistachio instant pudding mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ to 2/3 cup chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease of line with parchment two baking sheets.
In an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar, oil, water, egg, pudding mix, vanilla, salt, and baking powder until smooth. Add the flour and nuts, beating until everything is well combined. The dough will be stiff.
Roll or scoop the dough into 1-inch balls. A teaspoon sized cookie scoop is the right size. Roll the balls in sugar and place on prepared sheets, leaving 1-2 inches between them. Press the cookies down gently with the bottom of a drinking glass, dipped in sugar to prevent sticking if necessary.
Bake the cookies for 15 minutes until they are just barely brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!
What green treats are you making for St. Patrick’s Day?

9 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Cookies”

  • Happy St Patrick's Day Molly!! These are perfect for pistachios 🙂

  • Oh these sounds sooo good. Add to it the fact they sound just as easy….a must make. Thanks

  • These look great, but sadly I don't think we have pudding mix in the UK, will have to try to figure out an alternative….any ideas?

  • @EddyRose hmmm Good Question EddyRose! I wonder if you could experiment with using pistachio paste instead of the pudding mix. They sell it in grocery stores, but you can also make it by grinding roasted unsalted pistachios in a food processor.

  • These look awesome! I love pistachio's and this is such a cute idea for St. Patty's Day. Hope you had fun yesterday celebrating!

  • I love all the cheery green in everyone's cooking this week, it makes me so happy. These are delightfully cute, would make a good treat to bring into the office.

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