Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies! Need I say more?  Wholesome pistachios and sweet cardamom in a shortbread cookie – positively delicious.

I asked my daughter Sri to make these pistachio cookies for the holidays from a cookie book called Indulgence Cookies by Christabel Martin. This is a cute little cookbook with all the right type of cookie recipes – meaning each recipe is made with good wholesome ingredients and nothing complicated.


With simple easy to follow instructions, lovely aroma of cardamom, crunch of pistachios, and a little edge from the lemon zest, all this makes a grown up not-too-sweet cookie, perfect to have with a warm cup of tea.



Pistachio Cardamom Cookies
adapted from Indulgence Cookies by Christabel Martin with a few modifications


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom


  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  • Add the lemon zest and chopped pistachios and stir until combined.
  • In another bowl combine the flours and cardamom. Add this to the butter mixture and mix to form soft dough.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and shape into 1 tbsp balls. Place on parchment paper and flatten with palm. Garnish with pistachio nuts.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  • Cool completely before serving.
  • Serve these delicious pistachio cardamom cookies with a good cup of tea for the perfect sweet indulgence.




Indulgence Cookies by Christabel Martin

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