15 Best Recipes Featuring Pistachios

Pistachio bundt cake

The Spruce

Pistachios have been farmed for over 10,000 years and are a favorite snack and ingredient the world over. The bright green nuts have a delicious nutty flavor and work well in both sweet and savory dishes. Whether pistachios are ground and made into a smooth pesto or pudding, sprinkled atop cookies or cakes, or used to create a crunchy crust for lamb, the nut is a tasty addition to a variety of recipes.

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    Pistachio Cake

    Green pistachio cake recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Celebrate all things pistachio with this lively green pistachio cake. Made with yellow cake mix, instant pistachio pudding, and toasted nuts, it's a light, fluffy, and creamy dessert that is easy to prepare. Whipped topping and more pudding are combined with milk to make a light frosting with an appealing green tint.

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    Pistachio Pudding

    Pistachio Pudding recipe

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    This creamy and delicious homemade pudding made with puréed pistachios, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla only needs a topping of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nuts to turn it into an impressive dessert. Using raw, unsalted pistachios will help preserve the fresh nutty flavor of this pistachio pudding.

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    Israeli Tahini Halvah

    Sesame Tahini Halvah

    The Spruce

    Halvah is a tahini-based (sesame seed paste) dessert that can be flavored with nuts, chocolate, and other ingredients. This pistachio halvah is delightfully nutty, and after it sits for a couple of days, it will form its signature crystalline texture.

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    Pork, Apricot and Pistachio Sausage

    Pork, apricot, and pistachio dressing recipe

    The Spruce / Teena Agnel

    Take pistachios into savory territory with this pork, apricot, and pistachio sausage recipe. A mixture of ground pork, dried fruit, and nuts is wrapped around flavorful Merguez sausage for a memorable, meaty dish. Make part of your holiday dinner for an extra offering of meat with unique, delicious flavor.

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    Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

    Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies recipe

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Butter cookies are improved with the addition of fragrant ground cardamom and toasty nuts. Cardamom pistachio shortbread cookies are simple enough for a family dessert but are flavorful and pretty enough for a bake sale or dessert table spread.

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    Honey Pistachio Ice Cream

    Honey pistachio ice cream recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    This quick and easy honey pistachio ice cream is sure to please any pistachio lover. It doesn't require any cooking since it is egg-free, so you can mix up the ingredients and add the mixture directly to the ice cream maker. Sweet and nutty, it's a creamy treat that tastes great sprinkled with more chopped nuts.

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    Dill, Mint, and Lemon Pesto

    Dill Mint Lemon Pesto recipe

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    There's no need for cheese in this flavorful pesto made with pistachios instead of pine nuts. With fresh dill, parsley, and mint blended with nuts, lemon, and sesame oil, it's a vegan sauce that's full of bright, nutty flavor. Add the pesto to pasta, roasted vegetables, or grilled fish.

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    Pear and Pistachio Galette

    Pear and Pistachio Galette recipe

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Easier than a pie but just as delicious, a pear and pistachio galette is an autumnal treat. The pistachios are incorporated into the flaky pastry as well as sprinkled on top of the galette for crunch. With sliced pears as the filling and a cinnamon honey glaze to finish it off, this rustic pie is a perfect mix of sweet, fruity, and nutty.

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  • 09 of 15

    Gunpowder Gimlet Cocktail

    Gunpowder Gimlet Cocktail recipe
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    This cocktail recipe takes a bit of prep, but you'll be rewarded with a memorable drink. The pistachio honey syrup is made by letting salted pistachios steep in honey and water to create a delicious salted pistachio honey syrup. It perfectly balances the green tea gin and lemon to make a gunpowder gimlet.

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    Pistachio Cake With Cardamom Glaze

    Pistachio Cake recipe

    The Spruce

    Ground pistachios add a nutty flavor to this moist bundt cake made with Greek yogurt. A simple glaze made with powdered sugar and ground cardamom adds sweetness and spice to the finished cake. Serve the pistachio cake as dessert or at tea time.

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    Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb

    pistachio crusted rack of lamb

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    Take a rack of lamb up a notch by slathering it with Dijon mustard and herbs de Provence and then adding a crisp coating of breadcrumbs and nuts. Pistachio-crusted rack of lamb is special occasion-worthy, with its unique combination of flavors and textures and beautiful presentation.

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    Crunchy Pistachio Nut Fudge

    Pistachio Fudge recipe

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Fluffy white chocolate fudge gets additional flavor and color from pistachio pudding and chopped toasted nuts. The festive green pistachio fudge is a fun holiday treat but is easy enough to make any time of year.

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    Whole Wheat Pistachio Lemon Bread With Lemon Glaze

    Whole Wheat Pistachio Lemon Quick Bread recipe

    The Spruce / Lora Wiley-Lennartz

    Made with whole wheat flour, this quick bread is a healthy breakfast, brunch, or tea time treat. Pistachios and fresh lemon juice flavor the batter as well as the glaze that is drizzled on top of the cooled bread. Store any leftover pistachio lemon bread for a few days for a quick snack.

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    Chocolate Cinnamon and Pistachio Glazed Doughnuts

    Chocolate cinnamon and pistachio glazed doughnuts recipe
    The Spruce

    These chocolate cinnamon doughnuts are baked instead of fried, meaning they are healthier and easier to make. A topping of melted chocolate and a sprinkling of pistachios makes them picture-perfect and adds a decadent and crunchy finish.

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    Pistachio Baklava

    Pistachio Baklava recipe
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    Pistachios are a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern sweets, including this variation on baklava. Packaged phyllo dough is layered with melted butter and pistachios and soaked in a honey syrup for a sweet and flaky dessert.