Chocolate Pistachio Thumbprint Christmas Cookies

Every year my mom always made these cookies, so in her honor (and because they are positively SCRUMPTIOUS), I make them. This year I thought to take a few pictures even! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, here’s the recipe for anyone who’s interested. Keep in mind, it’s 3 separate items that you are making. First, you make the cookie bases, then the filling to scoop into them, then the drizzly goodness. ENJOY!

EDIT 12/22/2010: I AM SO SORRY, I missed a whole step when I originally posted this!! I have added in the flour & chocolate chips now, thanks to Susan K. for discovering my mistake!

Chocolate Pistachio Thumbprint
Christmas Cookies


Mix the following ingredients well:
– 1/3 c. powdered sugar
– 1 c. butter, softened
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 3/4 tsp. almond extract
– 3.5 oz package instant pistachio pudding
– 1 egg

Stir in & mix the following well:
– 2 cups flour
– 1/2 c. chocolate chips or miniatures

Shape dough into 1″ balls, roll in 3/4 finely chopped nuts (if desired). Place on cookie sheet & make thumbprint in center. Bake 10-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.


Mix & spoon tsp of filling into each cooled cookie center.
– 1.5 c. powdered sugar
– 2 Tbs. butter
– a drop or two of green food coloring
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1-3 Tbs. milk


Melt & drizzle 1/2 tsp over each cookie.
– 1/2 c. chocolate chips
– 2 Tbs. shortening


4 thoughts on “Chocolate Pistachio Thumbprint Christmas Cookies

  1. Thank you so much for the recipe. It sounds delicious and I am printing it as we speak. Brandon’s mom had a signature pistachio pudding dessert dish that the family makes in her memory on every holiday. I agree, it tastes much better than it sounds!

  2. Merry Christmas All!

    I agree, this recipe is full memories, yummy goodness, and will leave you wanting more. My Mom made these every year when my brother and I were younger, and now, I have taken over making them every year. They are a pretty cookie and very make great gifts for ladies and cookie exchanges. Hope you all have a great holiday- have fun baking. Oh yeah- don’t forget the Christmas music and a cheerful attitude when making them. πŸ™‚

    from watertown, WI

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