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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

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip


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

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The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

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.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

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

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch


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Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles and more Christmas Cookie Recipes

Boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles and more Christmas cookie recipes

Today I’m sharing my Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles and more Christmas cookie recipes from some of my friends. (Be sure to follow over on my Instagram too!) My favorite Christmas memory is for sure holiday baking and all the Christmas cookies. My mom used to do a cookie swap every year with her girlfriends. She would make a bunch of cookies ahead of time and pop them in the freezer. My sisters and I knew where they were and we’d go down and sneak some when no one was looking. One year, my mom went to go to her cookie swap and all the cookies were gone! She had to make over 6 dozen cookies last minute, needless to say she wasn’t happy but we laugh about it now.

These chocolate hazelnut truffles are dairy free and made with my homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur.  They’re super rich and decadent and make great homemade gifts too!

Boozy Chocolate Hazlenut Truffles dairy free

Scroll down for my printable recipe and be sure to check out the other Christmas cookie recipes from my friends!

Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Click here for my homemade chocolate hazelnut liqueur that you can make ahead of time!

Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles and more Christmas Cookie Recipes

Boozy Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles are made with my homemade chocoloate hazelnut liqueur. They are super rich and decadent and also makes great gifts for people throughout the holidays as well! This is a dairy free recipe so perfect if you are vegan or plant-based.
5 from 1 vote
4 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 2 dozen truffles


  • 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 1/3 cups vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup my homemade chocolate hazelnut liqueur (you can also omit)
  • 1/4 cup soft silken tofu
  • confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, chopped nuts, chopped candy canes (option for rolling the truffles in)


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and butter. Heat on 30 second intervals, stopping to mix well in between, continue until completely melted.
  • Once melted, pour in the liqueur, stirring well.
  • Add in the tofu and blend using an immersion blender.
  • Pop in the fridge for about 3 hours so that it can thicken up and solidify.
  • Once the mixture is firm, take out of the refrigerator and start rolling into balls.
  • Prepare a few bowls of chopped candy canes, chopped nuts, powdered sugar, cocoa powder or whatever you choose for topping your truffles.
  • Roll your chocolate truffles into the toppings.
  • Store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve. Once serving, serve chilled as they become soft at room temp.
Keyword Christmas, cookies, dairy free, holiday recipes

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dairy free boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

Check out these other Christmas Cookie Recipes from my friends:

Christmas Sugar Cookies from The Pursuit of Pink

The Best Christmas Sugar Cookie

Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies from The Okayest Moms

Chocolate chip Peppermint Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from The Urben Life

dairy free white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

Gingersnap Cookies from Aratari at Home

Gingersnap Cookies and More Christmas Cookie Recipes

Caitlin Houston’s Best Christmas Cookies Ever

Best Christmas Cookie Recipes

Frosted Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars by Tonya Michelle

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3 In Christmas/ food

Holiday cookie squares recipe

holiday chocolate squares recipe

This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday cookie squares

One of our favorite holiday traditions is baking sweet treats and watching holiday movies. (Home Alone is the best hands down!)
Last weekend the kids and I were in the spirit to do some baking. We decided to make these holiday cookie squares topped with Ghirardelli chocolate. We got all of the ingredients from Walmart and had it delivered right to our house in under 2 hours! I’m sharing the recipe below.

Holiday cookie squares


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Then set aside.
  2. Using mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one mixing completely. Add the vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed wet mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Press gently into a flat disc. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, remove from the refrigerator. Dust a clean countertop with flour and remove the dough from plastic wrap and place on the floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a square cookie cutter or use the Ghirardelli chocolate square to cut the dough into the appropriate shape and size.
  8. Transfer the cookies onto sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving about 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are slightly firm and center is soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square. Eat right then and there or store in an airtight container.