Holiday Pistachio Cut-Outs

Holiday Pistachio Cut-Outs

Holiday Pistachio Cut-Outs

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 30 cookies


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts
  • Powdered Sugar Icing
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and sugar.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Stir in pistachios.
  3. Form mixture into ball. Knead just until smooth. Wrap dough. Chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a 10 x 6-inch rectangle. Cut the dough with decorative 2-inch cookie cutters or slice into thirty 2 x 1-inch strips. Place cut shapes or strips 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on sheet 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; cool for 30 minutes. Decorate as desired with Powdered Sugar Icing. Store in a tightly covered container.
  6. Powdered Sugar Icing: In a large mixing bowl combine sifted powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla. Stir in additional juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing reaches piping consistency. If desired, tint a portion of the icing with food coloring.
  7. Makes 1/2 cup.
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