These delicious and fun pistachio desserts will drive you nuts (in a good way).
Why? Because they’re packed with nutty pistachio flavor, bold crunch, and sweet goodness.
From cookies to chocolate bark, and fudge to pie, this drool-worthy list of 20 pistachio recipes is the best way to use up your nuts.
With so many decadent desserts to choose from, you won’t know where to start.
How about making a pan of salted chocolate pistachio shortbread? Or baking a soft loaf of pistachio bread?
Why not try some sweetly spiced cardamom pistachio buns?
I may not know where you’ll start, but I know how it ends – with a very full, and very happy, belly.
1. Pistachio & Cranberry White Chocolate Bark
It’s not Christmas without a pan of crunchy, nutty bark. So make the holiday season even sweeter this year with this festive recipe.
It’s a three-ingredient treat that’s easy to make and irresistibly tasty.
2. Watergate Cake
This eye-catching green cake is a classic treat.
Made with pistachio, pecan, and coconut, this delightful dessert was first popular in the 1950s.
It got its name later, following the notorious political scandal.
So what does cake have to do with politics? The creamy whipped frosting ‘covers up’ all the nuts.
3. Salted Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread
Flaky, buttery, crumbly, sweet. I’m running out of words to describe just how good this shortbread tastes.
This is the kind of treat that you just have to try for yourself.
It’s surprisingly easy to make, too! You’ll whip up a simple dough, add in crumbled pistachios, and bake.
4. Pistachio Drop Cookies
These aren’t cookies. They’re little drops of heavenly goodness.
Made in just one bowl, with six ingredients, this easy treat is a cinch to prepare.
If you do have more time, you’ll want to layer them with brown butter icing to make them extra special.
5. Pistachio Pie
This fluffy dessert is a rich and creamy no-bake cheesecake.
The base is a buttery graham cracker crust.
The filling is a gooey blend of cream cheese, pineapple, pistachio pudding, and marshmallows.
What’s not to love?!
6. Cranberry Pistachio Fudge
People think homemade fudge is difficult. Those people have clearly never made this easy recipe.
Six ingredients and 15 minutes is all you’ll need for this festive snack.
It’s chocolatey, creamy, and nutty. Dried cranberries add a perfectly tangy and sour note to take the edge of all the sweetness.
7. Pistachio Ice Cream
This Indian-inspired ice cream is delicately flavored with chopped pistachios and vanilla.
It’s an exotic treat that’s both filling and refreshing.
Serve with sprinkled nuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a show-stopping sundae.
8. Pistachio Cupcakes
These green cupcakes would be the perfect St Patrick’s Day party food.
They’re fluffy and airy, made with pistachio pudding and a whipped cream cheese frosting.
If you are doing the St Patrick’s thing, add more food coloring for a deeper green.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be Irish to guzzle down these gorgeously moist cakes.
9. Chocolate, Pistachio, and Tahini Truffles
I love sweet finger food that’s both easy and elegant.
Enter these truffles – gorgeous bites that’ll wow the crowd at your next cocktail party.
They’re made with pistachios, chocolate, honey, and cinnamon. The secret ingredient, tahini, adds a deep, nutty, creaminess.
10. Pistachio Pie Bars
I made a batch of these bars one night and most were gone by morning.
So let that be a lesson to you. Put a few aside before they disappear!
Made from a crumbly walnut crust and topped with pistachio cheesecake and whipped cream, this is a rich and creamy dessert.
Serve this green treat for St Patrick’s Day and enjoy the luck of the Irish all year round!
11. Chocolate Pistachio Brownies
There’s a reason brownies are the ultimate sweet comfort food.
Spongy and gooey, they’re delicious any time. With a cup of coffee in the morning for breakfast, as an after-supper treat, or a midnight snack.
You really don’t need an excuse to devour delicious brownies. Especially these moist chocolate and pistachio brownies.
You don’t have to stick to pistachios for this versatile recipe, you could also add in walnuts, pecans, or macadamia.
Go nuts with your nuts!
12. Pistachio Oat Squares
Anyone watching their diet will love these decadent but healthy squares.
Vegan and gluten-free, they’re lightly sweet and full of wholesome ingredients.
The next time you need a grab-and-go breakfast or an afternoon pick me up, reach for a chunky pistachio square!
13. Pistachio Bread
Pistachio bread is a gorgeous holiday dessert.
It’s also great if you’ve forgotten to get a gift for someone. Give them the gift of moist, cake-like bread, and they’ll be your friend forever.
14. Pistachio and Lemon Cake
If your idea of a good time involves citrusy cake topped with crunchy pistachio pieces, then you’re in luck.
Let the good times roll with this easy recipe for a beautifully airy cake, loaded with healthy nuts.
15. Swedish Cardamom Pistachio Buns
Pistachio buns are a crowd-pleasing snack that’s perfect for family gatherings or parties.
Lightly spiced and beautifully moist, you’ll want to make these in bulk because they’ll disappear fast.
16. Pistachio Pear Crisp
When fall approaches and the nights turn chilly, make this fruity comfort food to banish the cold-weather blues.
It’s fruity. It’s crumbly. It’s warm and gooey. I want it in my oven right now.
17. Pistachio Pudding Trifle
Silky, smooth, and very sophisticated, this trifle will add a touch of class to any event.
Aside from the delicious flavors, it’s also really pretty. Layers of green, white, and golden brown nuts make this striped sundae a guaranteed favorite.
18. Pistachio Lush
Everyone in the family will rave about this creamy dessert.
It’s a no-bake pudding made with cream cheese, whipped cream, and (you guessed it!) pistachio pudding.
19. Salted Pistachio Brittle
Crunchy, salty, and sweet, this brittle is really hard to stop eating.
I love making this for Halloween. It’s also a big hit at kid’s parties, and basically, anywhere people enjoy nutty sweetness.
20. Watergate Salad
If you’ve never tried a Watergate salad, you’re missing out.
This refreshing salad is ridiculously easy to make, and ridiculously good.
It’s a mouthwatering mix of tastes and textures, made from pistachio pudding, pineapples, whipped topping, pecans, and marshmallows.
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