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Pistachio Shortbread Recipe

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Ever had green shortbread? This shortbread recipe results in a pretty green treat full of yummy pistachio flavor perfect for Sta. Patrick’s Day, a spring tea or just an any day treat.

Pistachio Shortbread Recipe from @thegabels #recipe

Pistachio is one of my favorite flavors, but I rarely cook with them.  When I ran across this shortbread recipe that used pistachios and was so pretty green, I couldn’t wait to try it.

This shortbread recipe come together really quickly. I did have some issues getting the dough to form, but a teaspoon of water did the trick. I also lost a lot of pistachios when flipping the shortbread out of the pan. Next time, I’ll try to mix a few in to the dough.  Overall, though, this is a delicious shortbread with a great pistachio flavor. I would suggest eating the shortbread within a few days as the flavor really diminished with time.

Yield: 8

Pistachio Shortbread Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 of a 3.4 oz box instant pistachio pudding mix (I used Jell-O)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled and rough to finely chopped


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Grease an 8 or 9" pie plate or round cake pan with butter. If you want thicker shortbread, use an 8" pan.
Combine butter, pudding mix,sugar, salt and flour in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it comes together to form a dough. I need a teaspoon of water to make the dough come together and used my hands a bit to mix.
Gently pat the dough in to the bottom of the prepared pan. Smooth surface with wax paper or a roller.
Prick the dough thoroughly with a fork.
Sprinkle pistachios over the top of the dough and gently push down.
Bake until deep golden brown around the edges, 40 minutes.
Immediately remove shortbread from pan and cut in to wedges while still hot.



Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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  • Miz Helen
    March 9, 2014

    My husband is a Pistachio fan and he will just love your Pistachio Shortbread, it looks awesome! Thank you so much for coming to the party today and sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • April
    March 9, 2014

    I love pistachio and I love shortbread so this is the perfect recipe for me! Great timing too, I can pick up some Pistachio jello pudding while I’m here in the US – we don’t have it in the UK 🙂

    • Camille
      March 13, 2014

      Ah, one of those things you don’t think about! I hope you have pisatchio ice cream though. It’s one of my faves!

  • Audrey
    March 6, 2014

    My mom is a shortbread addict. I think I might have to make her these soon.

    • Camille Gabel
      March 7, 2014

      They are super fun for St. Patrick’s Day!