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Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread

Nutmeat! Did I read that right?  My bag of shelled pistachios says “Pistachio Nutmeat.”  Those who know me best would be waiting for the grossly inappropriate comment that I usually make.  I’ll refrain this time but  I am still giggling!

It is so hard to find shelled pistachios these days.  My local Kroger stopped selling them and now I am forced to make my oldest child, Braxton, shell pistachios for me while only allowing him to eat one for every five he shells.  Pistachios are his favorite but since my bag of nutmeat is a hot commodity he’s not getting these!

It has love a good shortbread cookie and this one is super easy and always comes out perfect.  I served these for dessert at my 7 Deadly Sins Supper Club dinner.  They came out light and crispy and all my guests took home the remainder of the cookies that didn’t get served.  That was a good thing because I would have eaten them all in about 17 seconds.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread |
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread |

I love the buttery taste of these cookies.  Shortbread is great on its own but I thought adding the addition of the dark chocolate and some pistachios for crunch would make it over the top.

This dough can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to use.

This dough also stays well in the fridge for a week and you can bake as many as you want at a time.

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread |
Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread |

These cookies are great when you are craving something sweet and salty because of the nuts.  Just think of all those health benefits of the dark chocolate they are dipped in!

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread on a white platter

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These buttery cookies are a light dessert with the richness of dark chocolate and the texture of toasted pistachios.


Cookie dough:

  • 2 cups butter (, softened)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour (, sifted after measuring)
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Dark Chocolate Coating:

  • 1 cup pistachios (, toasted and chopped)
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (, melted)


  1. Cream the sugar and butter together.
  2. Sift the flour and add to the creamed butter mixture.
  3. Add in the salt and vanilla.
  4. When the mixture comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, stop.
  5. Don't overwork the dough or it will become tough.
  6. Divide into 3 sections and wrap with plastic wrap.
  7. Store in the fridge until ready to use or at least 1 hour.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325F.
  9. Roll dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. (if using a cookie press, let dough sit out for 10 minutes at room temp to make dough pliable.
  10. Cut out shapes, or press out and place on baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  11. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for 12-18 minutes or until the edges just start to brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  13. Let cool completely on a cooling rack.
  14. Chocolate coating:
  15. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler, or in the microwave in 10 second increments.
  16. When the cookies are cool, dip the ends of the cookies into the melted dark chocolate or you can drizzle it on.
  17. Before the chocolate is completely set, sprinkle with toasted pistachios!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Saturday 18th of August 2018

Love the idea of Dark Chocolate and Pistachios together. A perfect taste for a light dessert.

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Love the combination of dark chocolate and pistachio - these look amazing!

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Thanks Melanie!

Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I have the same problem with finding shelled pistachios. There was one can of Kroger's "Private Selection" that was shelled, but it was also roasted. I figured it was worth not going through all the work of shelling ;) These look amazing and I'm going to have to make these for someone's birthday!

Beth (OMG! Yummy)

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Great idea - love the chocolate and pistachio "nutmeats" :-). A little rose water or orange blossom water and you've got a dessert ready for a Middle Eastern dinner party!

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I have a problem finding rose water in my tiny little town but next time I'm in the big city I will get some and throw that party! Thanks for the idea and for stopping by!

Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I love pistachios and I love shortbread even more, these look amazing!

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Thanks Michelle!

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