December 5, 2022

Pistachio cardamom crescent cookies

Serving plate of pistachio cardamom crescent cookies.

Buttery shortbread crescent cookies made with ground pistachios and cardamom make a lovely addition to your holiday dessert tray. The aroma and sweet taste of cardamom pairs nicely with the pistachios.

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It's National Cookie Day and I'm celebrating with some blogger friends! We are all sharing a new cookie recipe (check them all out at the bottom of this post) and just in time for holiday baking time.

In our house, we have some traditional Christmas cookies that we make every year, but I always like to try out a new cookie or two, especially to take to a party or potluck. 
These cookies will be making future appearances on our holiday cookie trays. They are so flavorful and shortbread is always a favorite of mine.

Inside of a pistachio cardamom crescent cookie.
Pistachios and cardamom are a favorite pairing of mine and the combination works well in this shortbread cookie base. Crescent cookies like these are often made with walnuts or pecans and sometimes cinnamon, but I thought pistachios and cardamom would be a nice change. 
Plus, the green pistachio and the cardamom flavor are extra festive for Christmas and the holiday season.

We also celebrate the winter solstice in our house. We read solstice books, make pine cone bird feeders to hang outside, get oranges in our Christmas countdown calendar, and often make a loaf of Winter Solstice sun bread.
The crescent moon shape of these cookies make them a perfect treat for yule celebrations. Their shape is lovely for celebrating the winter, acknowledging nature in your celebrations, and the change of seasons. 

Add these pistachio cardamom crescent cookies to your holiday celebrations this year for a new cookie.

Yield: about 18 cookies

Pistachio Cardamom Crescent Cookies

Pistachio Cardamom Crescent Cookies

Buttery shortbread crescent cookies made with ground pistachios and cardamom make a lovely addition to your holiday dessert tray. The aroma and sweet taste of cardamom pairs nicely with the pistachios.


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


How to cook Pistachio Cardamom Crescent Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and cardamom. Set aside.
  3. Place the pistachios in a food processor along with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Pulse until finely ground.
  4. In a mixer with a paddle attachment or a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the nut mixture and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until combined. The dough will be dry. Transfer it to the counter top and bring it together with your hands. Knead and pat the dough until it comes together.
  6. Working with heaped tablespoons of dough, roll the dough into a log and gently bend into a crescent shape tapering at the ends. Flatten the cookies slightly.
  7. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12-13 minutes, until lightly golden on the sides and bottom.
  8. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Carefully coat each warm cookie in the powdered sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to fully cool and then dust the cookies with a little more powdered sugar.


If using unsalted pistachios, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the flour mixture.
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I hope you give these pistachio cardamom crescent cookies a try! Let me know in the comments below. 

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Finished pistachio cardamom crescent cookies.

Check out these other Christmas cookie recipes: 

Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Gram's Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies  


Celebrate #NationalCookieDay with all my fellow cookie fanatics! Below is a list of great cookies to make this holiday: (Thanks to Erin of The Spiffy Cookie for hosting)


  1. We call them Vanillekipferl here and usually made with walnuts (or hazelnuts or almonds). Yours with pistachios sound even better :-))

  2. I sadly have never made crescent cookies and this flavor combo sounds like a winner!

  3. These sound amazing and I love having some "adult" cookies along with all the kid's favorites.

  4. Crescent cookies are delish! Haven't had any for a few years, and you have me totally craving them now. :-) Yours look terrific -- thanks.

  5. These sound delightful with the pistachios and cardamom.

  6. Oh how I love pistachios. I’ve never combined them with cardamom though!

  7. I'm such a sucker for pistachios! I just know that I would gobble these up with reckless abandon!!!

  8. Nuts and cardamom sound like a lovely combination!

  9. These are so pretty arrayed on that cute blue plate! They sound yummy too.

  10. These crescent cookies sound and look so good Amy, I am loving the cardamon and pistachio...great for the holidays...
    Have a lovely rest of the week!

  11. Great flavor combination! I love the dusting of powdered sugar as well!

  12. Love these crescents! Cardamom is so distinctive and a great flavor in baked goods. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. cardamom doesn't get enough love!

  14. Pistachios and cardamom ARE a nice change! What a nice twist on this ultra-traditional cookie. It would make a nice addition to a holiday cookie platter.

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