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The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below


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For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

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Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

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The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

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  • Reply
    Brendt Blanks
    December 6, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Thank you so much for sharing; I’ve never tried these before!
    I cannot wait to make this holiday season…pinned.

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    December 6, 2022 at 8:17 am

    These pistachio thumbprint cookies look so delicious. I have printed out the recipe and saved to Pinterest!

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    December 6, 2022 at 8:31 am

    this looks delish! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Michele - vintage home designs
    December 6, 2022 at 9:25 am

    These sound delcious Nicolle and look so beautiful! I can’t wait to try them!

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    December 6, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Oh my word, Nicolle. These look so good! I’ve never had these cookies before, but I can’t wait to try them. I pinned your recipe to my holiday dessert board, so I can remember it when I start my holiday baking. Thank you for joining me on today’s hop.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Kelly Radcliff
    December 6, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Oh these look so good! I am excited to try these. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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    Rachel Harper
    December 6, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Oh I’ve never heard of these but can’t wait to try them. They look delicious.

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    Wendy McMonigle
    December 6, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Nicolle, these are beautiful and pistachio happens to be my favorite. I cannot wait to try them. I am just afraid I may eat them all.

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    Jennifer Howard
    December 6, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    OK, these look really yummy! I bet that sweet cream cheese filling is delish with the pistachio flavor.

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    December 6, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I love pistachio and these look and sound so yummy! Merry Christmas!! Pinned!

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    December 8, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Nicolle, your cookies look festive and delish~! I love the flavor of pistachio, and cream cheese makes me weak in the knees.
    Merry Christmas sweet lady!

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    Mike & Donna Reidland
    December 8, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    These look beautiful and sound absolutely delicious!

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      December 9, 2022 at 6:14 am

      Oh thank you! My kids said they are like grinch cookies! I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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    Eli Angelly
    December 9, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try these out!

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    December 10, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Those look delicious!!

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      December 11, 2022 at 7:41 am

      Thank you Joanne! They are so good either with the jam or cheesecake filling but I prefer the cheesecake filling!

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    December 11, 2022 at 7:26 am

    These look delicious!
    Can you tell me how many they made ?
    I’m trying to decide how many batches I should make for a cookie swap.
    Merry Christmas

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      December 11, 2022 at 7:30 am

      Hi Deb! Yes this recipe should make about 2 dozen, depending on how big you make them! Enjoy!!!

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    November 26, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    I bet these cookies are super moist with the addition of the pistachio pudding. Nice recipe, thanks.

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    November 27, 2023 at 10:53 am

    What a delicious idea!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous week.

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    Susan Sikes
    November 29, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Besides sounding delicious, these cookies are beautiful!

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    Rachel @ The Antiqued Journey
    November 29, 2023 at 10:09 am

    These look AMAZING!!! Anything with pistachio in it is so good! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

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    Esme Slabbert
    November 29, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing, made some plain thumbprint cookies this past weekend, so I will pin this for next time as its slightly different to my one.
    I visited you via WWBH Last Party in November
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    November 30, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    These look amazing! I have never tried pistachio thumbprint cookies, but I have a strong feeling I will love these! I’d love to invite you to share on Tell It Me Tuesday, you can find this weeks here: https://perfectlyimperfect-lwl.com/tell-it-to-me-tuesday-24-11-28-23-link-party/

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    Jennifer Wise
    December 1, 2023 at 9:56 am

    I LOVE anything pistachio! These look delicious. Pinning! Visiting from Gma’s Photo Generic linkup. (I’d love to see this post shared at my linkup as well, if you’re interested: https://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com/p/calling-fellow-bloggers.html)

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    Darlene S Cardillo
    December 1, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    These sound sooo delicious. I used to make them with just jelly.

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    December 4, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    These looks so delicious, and you have a zillion other cookie ideas! I’m so happy 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see more this Wednesday.

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    December 4, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    mmmmm thanks for sharing with #pocolo they look delicious

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    December 4, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    I will be featuring your post on Tell It To Me Tuesday this week. Thank you for linking up, I hope to see you again this week.

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      December 5, 2023 at 5:24 am

      Ahhh thank you so much Lyndsey!!!

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    Paula Short
    December 12, 2023 at 8:44 am

    I love pistachio! These sound fantastic!
    I appreciate you sharing this recipe with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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