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Orange Pistachio Shortbread

Traditional shortbread gets an orange and green makeover with chopped pistachios and orange zest.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chill30 mins
Course: Cookie
Cuisine: British
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Cynthia



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Cream butter until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly add confectioner's sugar, scraping down sides. If dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Add 3/4 chopped pistachios and zest of orange.
  • Mix flour and kosher salt together and add flour to butter mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Don't over-mix!
  • Flatten dough into a round or rectangular disk and chill 30 minutes. This is especially important on a warm day.
  • Lightly flour a board and roll out the shortbread dough to a thickness of about 1/3 to 1/2". Cut into shamrock shapes, or if making fingers, roll into a large rectangle and cut into rectangles approximately 1" x 2".
  • Bake on a silpat or parchment paper in center of oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a pale golden color.
  • If desired, sprinkle shortbread with sanding sugar immediately.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack
  • Store shortbread in an airtight container.

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

  • Melt 1/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave for about 45 seconds, stirring occasionally.
  • Dip one end of each shortbread finger in melted chocolate, then into 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios.


  • For clean cut outs, chill dough for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Chop pistachios more finely if dipping chocolate dipped shortbread.
  • Amount is approximate and will vary depending on whether you use cookie cutters or cut into rectangles.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg