Cardamom Pistachio Cookies

These cardamom pistachio cookies are full of warm, slightly spicy flavor.

Cardamom was a new spice to me and my family.  I have read a ton of recipes using this spice and decided to try it for myself.

This stuff was pretty pricey at our local grocery stores.  I happen to find ground cardamom at a local Indian grocery store. Their prices were way more reasonable.

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Cardamom Pistachio Cookies

Cardamom Pistachio Cookies on a wire rack

How to Make Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is fast and easy to prepare. With a bonus of really quick to clean up. I’m all in!

No stand mixer required!

Add the flour, salt, confectioners sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract, cardamom, and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a dough forms.

butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor

Pulse the food processor until a dough forms.

Cardamom Pistachio Cookie dough in the bowl of a food processor

Dump out the dough. Roll the dough into a log.

Cardamom Pistachio Cookies dough rolled into a log, covered in pistachio

Place the chopped pistachios on a piece of plastic wrap.

Roll the cookie dough log in the pistachios to evenly coat the entire surface.

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Cardamom Pistachio Cookies dough log sliced

Wrap the dough up tightly and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

You could bake after refrigerating for an hour but the cardamom flavor will not be as strong. (I allowed the dough to refrigerate overnight. But I also noticed the cookies were even better the day after baking.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice the dough into about 24 cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

Cardamom Pistachio Cookies on a wire rack

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until the edges begin to golden.

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Cardamom Shortbread Pistachio Cookie Recipe

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4.72 from 7 votes

Cardamom Pistachio Cookies

Rich, buttery cardamom shortbread, crusted with pistachios!
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time1 hr 29 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: cardamom, cookies, pistachio, shortbread
Servings: 24
Calories: 136kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp heaping ground cardamom
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup pistachios roughly chopped


  • Add the flour, salt, confectioners sugar, lemon zest, vanilla extract, cardamom, and butter in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until a dough forms.
  • Remove from the food processor and roll into a log of roughly 2 1/2″ in diameter.
  • Roll the dough log in the chopped pistachios.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight to allow the cardamon and lemon zest to fully infuse the dough.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice the dough into 24 cookies and bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until the edges begin to golden. (mine baked 14 minutes)
  • Cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Reply

    I love these, they look so pretty. Bet they were tasty

    1. Reply

      Thank you Alison, they were very tasty!

  2. Reply

    Ooh, these look delicious. Perfect for Christmas. Pistachios are so festive somehow aren’t they?! These would be perfect to link up to my FestiveFoodFriday linky over on my blog if you fancy joining in. This week’s is live until Tuesday night or there will be another next Friday 🙂5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sarah! I will drop by the linky party.

  3. Reply

    These cookies look so good! Do you think that the dough could be made up ahead of time and frozen to be sliced and baked right before Christmas? Thanks.

    1. Reply

      Absolutely! You will have to adjust the cooking time to accommodate frozen dough. Or let thaw long enough to still be chilled. Maybe an hour or 2 at room temperature. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Reply

    These sound utterly divine and I love love cardamom! So good to see this recipe, thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you! They were FABULOUS! I hope you try them.

  5. Reply

    They look incredible! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  6. Reply

    Thanks for this recipe! I love cardamom. Growing up we had a Finnish coffee bread (pulla) that is favored with cardamom. Recently I began adding cardamom to coffee. I add some seeds to the fresh ground coffee before brewing. Like you I have discovered that cardamom seeds are more reasonably priced in the Indian grocery aisle.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Carol! I will be finding a pulla recipe to try soon.

  7. Reply

    What a fantastic looking cookie! Can’t wait to try it! Your recipe will be featured next week at the next Brag About It Link Party! Sure hope you will join us! Party starts Monday at midnight. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe with us! Pinning!

  8. Reply

    This cookie recipe sounds super delicious. I pinned it to my cookie board.

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  9. Reply

    These sound divine and so easy to make, cardamom is one of those flavours I just love. Pinning it!
    Angela x

    1. Reply

      Thank you Angela!

  10. Reply

    Great recipe and I can’t wait to try it…always looking for more good cookies!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Janelle and I hope you enjoy the cookies!

  11. Reply

    These sound delicious and look beautiful. I’ll have to add them to my Christmas baking list 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kati!

  12. Reply

    These cookies look divine! I happened to forget that I already had a bottle of cardamom in my pantry when I bought another one, so I’m eager to try some yummy-looking new recipes that use this wonderful spice. Thanks for inspiration–I plan to make these for the holiday season!

    1. Reply

      I hope you enjoy them Ginger!

  13. Reply

    I’ll have to try these, I love cardamom!

    1. Reply

      I hope you enjoy them Anna!

  14. Reply

    These cookies look delicious! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Karly!

  15. Reply

    These sound lovely and I have all the ingredients in the cupboard so I’ll have to give them a try.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Charlotte and I hope you enjoy them!

  16. Reply

    Oh these sound really, really good!!! We love Indian spices so I can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks for sharing on the Let’s Get Real link up 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  17. Reply

    These look great. I’m not a big pistachio fan myself but my other half would love these. I’ve only ever had cardamom in Indian dishes, but I bet it goes really well in these too.

    Sally @ Life Loving

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    Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Theresa!

  19. Reply

    That is an interesting recipe and they look good too. I have loved your input to the Blog Booster Party and I look forward to you being at the Blogger’s Pit Stop rally with more of your posts next Friday.
    Kathleen5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  20. Reply

    What a lovely combination of flavours in these pretty cookies! Thank you for sharing your Cardamom Pistachio Cookies with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. I’m featuring your post this week!5 stars

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much April!

  21. Reply

    These look so yummy! I love cardamom. Thanks for stopping at Your Inspired Design!

  22. Reply

    Oh my sister would love this recipe and I am especially fond of how quick and easy it is to make! Thanks for sharing it and linking up with us at Talented Tuesday.

  23. Reply

    Oh these look so good and delicious for the holidays. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme5 stars

  24. Reply

    Incredible! I bet these are one of those simple seeming but absolutely delicious cookies 🙂 thanks for linking up with #festivefoodfriday5 stars

    1. Reply

      They are, thanks Kerry!

  25. Reply

    Loving these cookies and def want to give them a try! Cardamom’s one of a favorite spices, and one I make sure to get at an Indian grocery. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you I hope you enjoy them!

  26. Reply

    What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen5 stars

  27. Reply

    I love pistachios and these look delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  28. Reply

    These are perfect ! And who can resist pistachios and cardamoms… Beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at #SaucySaturdays

    PS: you have been featured in last week’s party! Go on, check it out and feel free to brag to your friends 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much!

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  30. Reply

    I love pistachios so much, these cookies just look so tasty. Pinning to my baking board, thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Katie!

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    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles this week and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Yummed, and shared on Twitter. Please grab a featured button via the post guidelines graphic. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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      Thank you so much Diana!

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