Pistachio shortbread biscuits

Pistachio shortbread biscuits
These melt-in-the-mouth biscuits are "double pistachio", as they contain both pistachio paste and toasted chopped pistachios.
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Last modified on: April 19th 2012

Keywords for this recipe:BiscuitsPistachioSmall cakesPastry
For 90 biscuits, you will need:

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23 min.2 hours35 min.2 hours 58 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 15 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #1
Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).

Spread 300 g pistachios out over a baking sheet (set aside about 30 for decoration) and put in the oven for 15 minutes to roast them.

Leave to cool then blend briefly to a coarse texture. You can also chop them quickly with a knife.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #2
Put 750 g flour, 375 g butter, 375 g caster sugar and 3 eggs into a food-mixer bowl.

Knead on slow speed until the dough is smooth and evenly mixed.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #3
Add 150 g Pistachio powder or paste and the chopped pistachios. Knead for a further 1 or 2 minutes to mix well.

Stage 4 - 2 hours
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #4
Gather the dough into a large flat cake, wrap in stretch plastic film and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours (the dough can be prepared the day before you want to use it and left overnight).

Stage 5 - 15 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #5
Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F).

Roll out the dough using a rolling pin to about ½ cm ( ¼ inch)and cut out small circles of dough with a cutter (the easiest way).

Stage 6 - 20 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits : Photo of step #6
You can use a different shape of cutter. The one I am using here is traditionally used for calissons.

Place a whole pistachio on the top and press in gently.

Bake for around 20 minutes.
To bring out the pistachio flavour even more, you can add a drop of pistachio essence to the dough, but this is not essential.

As usual with shortbread-style biscuits, do be careful not to overcook them.
A few days in an airtight tin.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
9,193 Kcal or 38,489 Kj155 gr1,002 gr506 gr
460 %60 %95 %77 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
438 Kcal or 1,834 Kj7 gr48 gr24 gr
22 %3 %5 %4 %
Per biscuits
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
102 Kcal or 427 Kj2 gr11 gr6 gr
5 %1 %1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 90 biscuits : 8.13 €
  • Per biscuits : 0.09 €

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Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Choux pastry (pâte à choux), Pancake batter, Two-olive ciabatta, Kouign-amann brioche, Toffee apple upside-down cake, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Green beans with tomatoes, Two-cheese vegetable gratin, Roasted Cauliflower, Panettone, Potato and broccoli gratin, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Finger biscuits, Pears in red wine with blackcurrant , Nougat, Valay-Brest, Moist chocolate cake, ... All
PistachiosPistachios: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Saucipain, Moist cereal bars, How to peel pistachios, Nougat, Chocolate mendiants, ... All
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  • Ok, so yes you can forget the nuts, but it will better to replace them by the same weight of pistachio powder.
    Posted by jh august 7th 2020 at 06:17 (n° 4)
  • Pistachio are nuts hence why I asked about removing the chopped nuts as I cannot digest them. The paste is fine as it’s smooth but chopped nuts are a no go.
    Don’t worry I’ll just give it ago
    Posted by Anonymous august 6th 2020 at 17:25 (n° 3)
  • There is not nuts in this recipe, just pistachio.
    Posted by jh august 4th 2020 at 15:52 (n° 2)
  • Is it possible to make these without chopped nuts in?
    I cannot eat chopped nuts for health reasons. I have made the paste and I’m good with that but just not chopped nuts. So would I need to add something else to the ingredients to balance the measurements out?
    Posted by Anonymous august 4th 2020 at 08:47 (n° 1)
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