Pistachio Cookies

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pistachio cookies

Let me tell you, I have a love affair with pistachios. I’m so thankful they’re one the healthiest nuts around. They have been linked to all sorts of good things, like lowering the risk of heart disease.*

Like anything however, and the Mediterranean lifestyle in particular- it’s all about moderation! So don’t take this as a sign to eat bags of these little green nuts everyday, though I’ve been tempted.

Especially since the new year has started, we’ve been in quite a few conversations or overheard people talking about diets, changing their eating habits, and new year resolutions. Even Jane and I have started the P90X3 program. Most of us take the new year as a fresh start to make the changes we’ve been wanting to see. We push ourselves to new heights and sometimes, get really down on ourselves for breaking a new habit. It’s no secret that we live in an age where health is a primary concern, from politicians on their soap boxes to Google searches about ways to cut calories – it’s a major thought most of us have.

Now I’ve talked before about the word “diet” and how I’m not a fan (see link above), but I’ve been noticing that too many people are restricting too much and I feel this may lead to a few breaking their new resolutions. I used to be one of them all the time. I would say, “ok, I’m cutting out sweets for 30 days.”  Sometimes I would do it and sometimes I wouldn’t. Either way, I didn’t feel it was a good way to live and I’d end up binging at some point. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who can do this no problem and stay on track – I unfortunately am not one of those people.

It’s got to be a give and take relationship. Something where I cut down, but not out. I’ve got to live!!

Thus, enter these cookies.

Greek PIstachio Cookies

I made these in a small batch because I wanted them. That was it. Nothing more, nothing less. I wanted to create a pistachio cookie recipe I felt wasn’t too bad for you in limited amounts, and had none of those processed unpronounceable ingredients you’d find in store bought cookies.

I even had a few non-pistachio lovers give them a try, and they went back for seconds.

Overall, I’m glad I decided to make these. It was the perfect way to satisfy my desire to indulge in something. I will say these kind of lean more towards having a biscuit texture, so they taste great on their own, or with some Greek Tea or Greek Coffee – the former being important to drink a lot of during flu season.

So, give them a try and let us know what you think!

Until next time my friends,


pistachio cookies

Pistachio Cookies

Kenton & Jane
Delicious Greek pistachio cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Blog
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6 -8


  • 1/2 cup pistachios finely ground
  • 1 cup flour plus some extra
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter soften
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • In bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt - mix.
  • Add egg, sugar, butter, lemon zest, and vanilla - mix well until a doughy texture is formed.
  • Remove and place on floured surface.
  • Flatten a bit, and add ground pistachios to middle of dough.
  • Begin kneading until pistachios are well mixed and it becomes a soft dough.
  • Break off piece and roll into small ball (about 2 inches) and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased with butter), and flatten slightly.
  • Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Place in preheated oven at 400F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove and let cool.
  • Serve!
  • - Makes about 12 cookies

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Lemon & Olives is a husband and wife team exploring the Mediterranean (Diet) Lifestyle, Greek foods, Greek Culture, History and all things Greece.

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