Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

These cardamom and chocolate shortbread cookies are topped with salted pistachios.  The perfect holiday gift for that sweet tooth on your list!

It’s December, and I am finally ready to start some holiday baking!

In past years I have been happy to make some pretty delicious…and complicated…stuff.  I used to have a seemingly endless supply of time to putter in the kitchen.  Not this year.  I have waaay too much on my plate to mess around with roasting chestnuts or making cookies with too many components.

Instead, I’ve decided to share with you some holiday baking projects that are a} easy, b} fast, and c} still just as delicious as something you’ve slaved over!

I am starting off with these cardamom and chocolate shortbread cookies.  These are actually the most complicated of all the baking projects I have planned, but they are still super easy.

Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

What makes these cardamom and chocolate shortbread cookies so easy?  The fact that there are only 5 ingredients in the shortbread cookies…the fact that you only need one bowl…the part where you don’t have to chill your dough…and the part where you don’t even have to roll your dough out!

I baked these cookies/bars up in a 9×9 inch pan, let them cool overnight, then dipped them in melted chocolate and sprinkled with salted pistachios.  They were actually even better when dipped in white chocolate, however, as I should know by now, the exact moment where your chocolate is perfect for dipping is the exact moment when your child has a meltdown.  Those are the rules.

So only the milk chocolate actually made it into the pictures.

Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

These little bars are so delicious, you have a hint of cardamom, and a hint of vanilla, and the buttery goodness you expect from shortbread cookies.

The chocolate brings more sweetness to the bars {which aren’t very sweet on their own}, and the salted pistachios bring so much flavor to the mix!  You get the salty/sweet combo, a bit of crunch, and the nutty pistachio flavor, which pairs perfectly with the cardamom.

I also love the bright pops of green, which make these bars so pretty.

I think these cardamom and chocolate shortbread cookies would make a pretty fantastic gift.  Or you can save them all for yourself 😉  I won’t tell anyone!

More EASY holiday treats for us!

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Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios
 
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These simple shortbread cookies are easy and delicious! They would make a perfect holiday gift for that sweet tooth on your list.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cups all purpose flour {250g}
  • 1 cup chocolate chips {milk or white chocolate preferred, however semi-sweet will also work}
  • ½ tsp shortening
  • ⅓ cup salted pistachios, shelled and coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9X9 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar using an electric mixer on medium-high for a full minute, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and ground cardamom and mix. Add the flour and mix on medium-high until completely combined, another full minute.
  4. Press dough into the prepared pan, bake until lightly golden, 25-30 minutes.
  5. Immediately cut into bars; mine were 1 x 3 inches. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Once bars are cooled, melt the chocolate with the shortening in a double boiler, stirring frequently. Dip the bars into the chocolate and shake to remove excess.
  7. Place cookies on a wire rack and sprinkle with salted pistachios. Allow to set around one hour.
Notes
Although pictured with milk chocolate, these bars are the best with white chocolate!

 Shortbread adapted from AllRecipes

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Cardamom and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Salted Pistachios

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