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The Best Christmas Lemon Pistachio Cookies

Servings 12 cookies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs


  • Kitchen Aid K45SSEWH
  • Christmas mold
  • Rolling Pin


For the cookie dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 gram unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • lemon zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze and decoration

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 125 gram powdered sugar
  • crushed pistachio's
  • edible rose petals


  • Put the butter and eggs outside the fridge so it can get to room temperature. Zest the lemons and set aside.
  • Add flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt to a bowl and whisk. Set aside. Add butter and granulated sugar into the bowl of your electric mixer (use the paddle attachment). Mix on medium-high speed until fluffy. Mix in egg yolks, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in the flour mixture.
  • Once the dough looks firm enough get it out of the bowl and finish my kneading it with your hands. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Slightly flour your work surface and add the dough to it. Roll out to a generous 3 mm thick dough. Use your favorite Christmas mold to cut out the shapes. Re-use the scraps, by rolling it again and cut out.
  • Add the pieces carefully to the baking sheets. I used a a little help of my cake-server. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm for about 15 minutes.
  • Bake until light golden for about 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets.

The glaze

  • Chop the pistachio's. You can either chop them roughly with a knife or use a food processor to get them almost powdered. I did both to show you different results. Pick what you like most!
  • Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice. Dip the surface of each cookie into the glaze. It's important that the cookies are completely cooled down. If they are too soft they can get stuck into the glaze (that's what happened to me a few times). This part can get a bit messy. My advice is to not use too much of the glaze. Now decorate the glazes cookies with the pistachio's and rose petals! Magical isn't it?
Course: Snack
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas cookies, cookies