Lemon Pistachio Cookies

Want to impress your friends at the next house-party? Don’t bring some boring old store-bought cookies, bring these babies: Lemon Pistachio Cookies. To. Die. For.

These little beauties were DELICIOUS. They are not for the faint of lemon, however. They have a nice lemony zing in the glaze, but if you like that sort of thing (SO GOOD, in my opinion) then that zing is totally balanced out by the sweet cookie (basically a sugar cookie) and the salty/crunchy of the pistachios. Honestly, I was wary of the pistachios, but these green nuts put this cookie on a whole other level. 


  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 3/4 cup plus
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 5 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled unsalted pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in yolks, lemon zest, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to a generous 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch round fluted cutter, cut out wreaths. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Cut out centers of wreaths using a 7/8-inch round cutter. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until just golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.
  3. Stir together confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Dip surface of each cookie in icing, and sprinkle with pistachios. Let set on wire racks.

Cook’s Note

Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

Recipe altered from THIS RECIPE