Pistachio Crinkle Cookies


3/4 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 drop green food coloring, if desired
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar


  1. Place pistachios in a food processor and blend until fine crumbs occur. Sift pistachio crumbs through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and return any larger crumbs back into the food processor. Repeat process until about ½ cup of very fine crumbs occur. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract and pistachio crumbs.
  3. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl and stir until just combined. Add food coloring, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Place confectioners’ sugar in a shallow bowl. Use a 1½” cookie scoop to form dough into balls. Roll balls in confectioners’ sugar and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10-13 minutes, then allow to cool on the cookie sheet slightly before moving to a cooling rack.
  7. Serve and store leftovers in an airtight container up to 5 days.