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We recently shared a recipe for Pecan Sandies and were so thrilled with the texture and taste, we had to make them again using pistachios and just a few small tweaks. I couldn’t resist making another version especially after I found a bag of pistachios hiding in the pantry. As you know, nuts don’t last forever so of course it was the right thing to do. I couldn’t wait to see how the little green pistachios looked against the tender buttery cookie dough with the sugary crust. These Pistachio Shortbread Cookies were a big hit and barely lasted 24 hours. Twenty-four cookies in 24 hours … you can do the math! Just kidding! We shared some … a few … maybe three 🙂
This dough is practically perfect in every way. It’s not at all greasy, crumbly or sticky. It rolls up beautifully and after a few hours in the refrigerator, all you have to do is slice and bake. Look at all those vanilla beans! The Pecan Sandies were brushed with a beaten egg yolk and rolled in Turbinado Sugar. These cookies were brushed with a lightly beaten egg white and rolled in coarse white sugar for a lighter look. Both processes work great for these cookies.
I would love to experiment with the dough as a crust in a small tart. If the nuts are finely ground, this would be pretty easy to press into a pan.
It was hard but I resisted the urge to add chopped dried cherries or white chocolate chips. The simple buttery cookies with vanilla beans and toasted nuts have more than enough flavor for me.
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Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
- ¾ cup unsalted pistachios shelled
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ vanilla bean seeds removed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg white lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons light colored coarse sugar I used organic white coarse can sugar - regular granulated sugar would work great too
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla bean seeds, salt and vanilla to the butter and blend on medium low until combined.
- Add the flour a little at a time and mix until incorporated.
- Fold in the pistachios using a rubber spatula.
- Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour. Form the dough into a log 12-inches long and about 1½ inches thick. Wrap the dough tightly in the parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- When ready to bake preheat oven to 350°F.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerator to rest while preparing the egg wash.
- Gently beat one egg white with ½ teaspoon water.
- Lightly brush the entire log with the egg white then roll in the coarse sugar to coat.
- Slice into ½-inch thick rounds and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom and set.
- Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.
Are you a shortbread fan? I am a short-shortbread fan but I know tall people that like them too. Hope you have a terrific weekend! We have a little snow in the forecast if you can believe it. As long as I don’t have to shovel any more snow I’m fine with it. It won’t be long until we are talking about how hot it is outside! Thanks so much for stopping by – and don’t forget to make these cookies soon 🙂