Orange Pistachio Cookies

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Orange Pistachio Cookies-orange butter cookies topped with a sweet orange glaze and chopped pistachios. I bet you can’t eat just one! 

Orange Pistachio Cookie Recipe

My Christmas cookie list is WAY too long. I have too many favorites and I don’t want to leave anyone out…yes, I am worried about my cookies’ feelings. I want all of my cookies to be included in our holiday celebrations. So I tend to go cookie crazy and bake an obscene amount of cookies in December. I can’t even count how many batches I’ve made already. I am tired, but happy…I think I am on a sugar high:)

I am so glad I didn’t stop baking because I came up with a new favorite cookie, Orange Pistachio Cookies. They are thrilled that they got invited to my December cookie party!

Orange Pistachio Cookie Recipe

You guys need to invite these Orange Pistachio Cookies to your cookie party too. I promise, they are great guests! You will love them!

Orange Pistachio Cookie Recipe

The cookies are simple butter cookies with a hint of orange zest.

Orange Pistachio Cookies

After the cookies have cooled, I spoon a sweet orange glaze over the tops. Next, I add chopped pistachios, which add a slight salty crunch and make the cookies pretty!

Orange Pistachio Cookies are going to make an appearance in my kitchen every December. They are a new favorite and I hope you like them too! Happy baking!

Orange Pistachio Cookie Recipe

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Orange Pistachio Cookies

Orange butter cookies topped with a sweet orange glaze and chopped pistachios. A great holiday or any day cookie!
4.60 from 20 votes


For the Cookies:

For the Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Line two baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • 3. In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and orange zest. Rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingers, until fragrant.
  • 4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar mixture together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat
  • in egg and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • 5. Slowly beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended. Drop dough by tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Gently flatten dough with the palm of your hand. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are just set and slightly golden brown. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes and transfer to cooking
  • racks. Cool completely.
  • 6. While the cookies are cooling, make the orange glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, orange juice, and zest. Dip each cookie top into the orange glaze. Sprinkle
  • pistachios on top of each cookie. Let cookies sit until glaze has set.
  • Note-cookies will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I laughed when I read this post because I’m actually having a December Cookie Party next week. Actually, it’s an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party….I can’t wait to see what people wear. But I’m making up a dessert appetizer tray and I will be sure to include these. Giving away the same $200 wood platter/butcher block on my blog right now.

    Ready to P-A-R-TEE!!!

  2. These look yummy! I am so ashamed that I haven’t baked anything yet this year for Christmas – will probably do some simple things tomorrow – just haven’t been able to get into the holiday baking mood …will add these to my board for sure!

  3. These look delicious! Do you think they could be made ahead and frozen until we are ready to eat? Thank You

  4. Orange and pistachio is such a great combo. Love that these are different from traditional Christmas cookies! Happy holidays to you and your family, Maria!!

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect little cookie, not too sweet! I topped some with pistachios, some with walnuts, and some with dried cherries. They look beautiful on the plate!

  6. 3 stars
    I made these and the flavour was awesome but when I cooked them they went really flat so the next tray of cookies I chilled in fridge first and they did the same. Any idea what happened?

  7. I would love to try these but, I don’t have much success when I use butter in any cookie recipe :(. Is it possible to substitute oil? If so, how much ?

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! The first batch were a little soft in the middle which I liked, but the second batch I baked a little longer and they were perfection! Slightly brown on the bottom and a nice crisp bite but perfectly tender.