Pistachio Cookie Recipe with Almond Flour


An easy vegan pistachio cookie recipe ideal for cookie swaps and the holidays. These pistachio cookies are made with almond flour and spiced with cardamom and saffron, then topped with slivered almonds! GF option

side view of a stack of vegan almond pistachio cookies on a wooden board

Coming at you with a Vegan Pistachio Cookie recipe – because one can never have enough vegan cookie recipes and these are one of the best cookies you will ever try! Well, along with my Pistachio Apricot Thumbprints. Those are pretty amazing as well.

These almond pistachio cookies are a sweet and simple little treat you can bake all year long but they are also great for the holidays because anything with pistachios in it is automatically festive and special.  A touch of cardamom and saffron takes these to the next level! Try them. Trust me, you will love this pistachio cookie recipe for its simplicity!

stacked vegan pistachio cookies topped with slivered almonds on a wooden chopping board

I don’t even bother rolling out the dough and just scoop up 1 tbsp at a time and shape it into a flat disk. The cookies do not have to look perfectly round. They will spread in the oven as they bake and be just perfect.

The cookie dough is really straightforward. We start by grinding the raw pistachio nuts, sugar and spices in a food processor or blended to make our own pistachio flour.  These are so amazingly good! Bake them 15 minutes for softer cookies and a couple of minutes longer for crunchier. The exact baking time always depends on the oven, size of the cookie etc.

These cookies are a modified version of Nankhatai(Indian shortbread like cookies). They have vibrant flavors that work really well together , pistachios, cardamom and saffron. You can use just vanilla if you don’t have cardamom or saffron. GF option

stacked vegan pistachio cookies on a wooden board

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Vegan Pistachio Cookies

These easy vegan pistachio cookies are made with almond flour and spiced with cardamom and saffron, then topped with slivered almonds! A simple yet special cookie recipe ideal for cookie swaps and the holidays.

Prep Time25 mins

Cook Time16 mins

Total Time41 mins

Course: Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: cookies with pistachios, vegan almond flour cookies, vegan pistachio cookies recipe

Servings: 20

Calories: 83kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (125 g) flour I use all purpose
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) almond flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup (41 g) raw pistachios
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • seeds of 1 or 2 green cardamom pods
  • 4 saffron strands or you can use 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk such as almond milk coconut milk, cashew milk, or soy milk

topping

  • almond slivers or pistachios

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add flour, almond flour, salt, and baking soda and mix well.

  • In a blender with a grinder blade or spice grinder or food processor which can grind the nuts, add the pistachios, sugar, seeds of the cardamom pods, and saffron strands and grind until the mixture is powdery. If using a blender, grind by pulsing it for 10 seconds at a time so that it doesn’t become too nut buttery.

  • Transfer this ground mixture to the bowl and mix well. Then add in the oil and mix in. Add in 2 tablespoons of non dairy milk and mix and then add in milk 1 teaspoon at a time to make a soft dough. A bit sticky is ok.

  • Bring the mixture together and knead for 5 seconds so that it’s homogenous then put this dough in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 335 degrees Fahrenheit(170c). Remove the dough from the fridge. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, take about 1 1/2 inch ball worth of dough and make a flat disc, and press it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • I like to make these cookies just about 1/4 inch thick. Press either a raw pistachio or some almond silvers on top.

  • The dough is going to be soft and will have more moisture. If it’s too sticky, chill it some more. Also the cookies will spread a lot so keep them at least 2 inches apart from each other.

  • Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. This will depend on your oven, the tray, and other factors.

  • As soon as the cookies are getting a bit golden on the edges, they are done. They might be soft to touch but they will continue to harden outside the oven.

  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.

Notes

  • The cookies can be stored on the counter for at least 2 weeks. For longer shelf life and freshness and flavor, refrigerate them after the first few days. they will last for more than a month refrigerated.
  • To make this gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free flour blend or a mixture of oat flour, almond flour, and potato starch. Use 1/2 cup of oat flour, 1/3 cup almond flour, and 1/4 cup of potato starch to replace the 1 cup of flour.
  • To make this nut-free, since there are 2 nuts in this cookie and they are making up a good volume of the ingredients, the texture will change considerably  if you replace all of them. You can replace one of the nuts with the other nut or you can use different nuts such as cashews, macadamia nuts as a substitute for one or both of the nuts.
  • I have not tried baking them with pumpkin seeds. I think that the flavor and color will be very very different with 2/3 cup of pumpkin seed flour in the mix.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Pistachio Cookies

Amount Per Serving

Calories 83
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 30mg1%

Potassium 28mg1%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 9IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 9mg1%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

  • we use a mix of flour ( I use all-purpose) and almond flour to get that perfect balance of crispy and chewy
  •  salt helps bring out the sweetness
  • baking soda makes these spread in the oven.
  • I used raw pistachios in this recipe
  • sugar sweetens the cookie dough without changing the color
  • 1 or 2 cardamom pods add the perfect amount of spice to these cookies. You can omit if you don’t like cardamom
  • To make these extra special, add 4 saffron strands or, for a budget version, add 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • neutral oil adds richness to the cookies and, along with dairy-free milk, helps bring the cookie dough together
  • I like to add press some almond slivers or some extra pistachios on top of each cookie before baking for a pretty presentation

Tips & Variations:

  • To make these pistachio cookies gluten-free, you can use a gluten-free flour blend or a mixture of oat flour, almond flour, and potato starch. Use 1/2 cup of oat flour, 1/3 cup almond flour, and 1/4 cup of potato starch to replace the 1 cup of flour.
  • Note that we are using blanched almond flour in this recipe which is different from ground almonds.
  • Nut-free: since there are 2 nuts in this cookie and they are making up a good volume of the ingredients, the texture will change considerably if you replace all of them. You can replace one of the nuts with the other nut or you can use different nuts such as cashews, macadamia nuts as a substitute for one or both of the nuts.
  • I have not tried baking them with pumpkin seeds. I think that the flavor and color will be very very different with 2/3 cup of pumpkin seed flour in the mix.

ingredients for vegan pistachio cookie recipe on a marble kitchen counter

How to make this Vegan Pistachio Cookie Recipe:

dry mix for vegan pistachio cookies in a white bowl

In a bowl, add flour, almond flour, salt, and baking soda and mix well to combine.

In a blender with a grinder blade or spice grinder or in a food processor that is powerful enough to grind the nuts, add the pistachios, sugar, seeds of the cardamom pods, and saffron strands. Grind everything until the mixture is powdery. If using a blender, make sure to only pulse in intervals of 10 seconds at a time so that it doesn’t become too buttery.

vegan pistachio cookie batter in a white bowl

Transfer this ground mixture from your food processor back to the bowl and mix well. Add in the oil and mix in. Then, add in 2 tablespoons of non dairy milk and mix and then add in the rest of the milk 1 teaspoon at a time to make a soft dough. A bit sticky is ok.

Bring the cookie dough together and knead for 5 seconds so that it’s homogenous then put this dough in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.

freshly baked vegan pistachio cookies on a lined sheet pan

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 335 degrees Fahrenheit(170c) Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, take about 1 1/2 inch ball worth of dough and make a flat disc, and press it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

I like to make these cookies just about 1/4 inch thick

Press either raw pistachio or some almond silvers on top.

The dough is going to be soft and will have more moisture. If it’s too sticky, chill it some more. Also, the cookies will spread a lot so keep them at least 2 inches apart from each other.

Put the tray in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. This will depend on your oven, the tray, and other factors.

vegan pistachio cookies decorated with almond slivers on a wooden board

As soon as the cookies are getting a bit golden on the edges, they are done. They might be soft to touch but they will continue to harden outside the oven. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the pistachio cookies cool for 10 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely. We do this so that they crisp up nicely.

Storage:

The cookies can be stored on the counter for at least 2 weeks. For longer shelf life and freshness and flavor, refrigerate them after the first few days. they will last for more than a month refrigerated.

stacked vegan almond flour pistachio cookies topped with slivered almonds on a wooden chopping board

 

 

 



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