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

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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
Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).

Spread 100 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
Put 250 g flour, 125 g butter, 125 g caster sugar and 1 Egg into a food-mixer bowl.

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

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Pistachio shortbread biscuits
Add 50 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
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
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
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.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,235 Kcal or 13,544 Kj55 gr354 gr178 gr
162 %21 %33 %27 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
462 Kcal or 1,934 Kj8 gr51 gr25 gr
23 %3 %5 %4 %
Per biscuits
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
108 Kcal or 452 Kj2 gr12 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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Nuts
How much will it cost?
  • For 30 biscuits : 2.71 €
  • Per biscuits : 0.09 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rabbit civet "à la normande", Sausage mushroom and cheese crumble, Walnut short bread, Arlesian Biscuits, Lobster Thermidor, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Langoustine gratin, Sautéed oyster mushrooms, Pork medallions with "full" turnips, Apple Batter Puddings, Cream sauce with Vin Jaune, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Clementine Creamy, Fresh mint ice-cream, Little vanilla, clementine and chestnut verrines, Tiramisu, Pear charlotte, ... All
PistachiosPistachios: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Pistachio panna cotta with custard, Moist cereal bars, Crisp apricot and pistachio tart, Mini apricot and pistachio brioches, Granola, ... All
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  • So tasty, yet so easy to make. Thank for this recipe!
    Posted by Jen may 4th 2022 at 23:58 n° 5
  • 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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