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Pistachio Orange Crescent Cookies [Holiday Recipe Exchange]

I hope everyone had an enjoyable, delicious, fun-filled Thanksgiving. Now that we’ve gotten through that milestone of the 2011 Holiday season, we can start talking about Christmas cookies! One of our family’s favorite parts about December is baking and decorating Christmas cookies (and listening to Christmas music).

Last year we added a new cookie to our repertoire, the Chocolate Gingerbread Men that I featured as a part of the Holiday Recipe Exchange. That twist on a classic gingerbread cookie ended up being one of our favorite cookies from 2010.

pistachio orange crescent christmas cookie recipe

Because I like taking favorite recipes and tweaking them with new flavors, I thought I’d do the same thing this year. I used a recipe I’ve made before for Swedish Crescent Cookies and added orange zest and pistachios to switch things up a bit.

Pistachios have always been one of my favorite nuts and I think they taste great with orange. Crescent Cookies are easily adaptable with whatever nuts you have on hand or enjoy the most.

The OXO Good Grips Small Cookie Scoop is the perfect size for these cookies. You can shape them as crescents as the name implies, or just roll the portioned amount from the scoop into pretty little balls. I love to use cookie scoops to ensure evenly proportioned cookies.

Since you’ll be digging out your favorite recipes for Christmas cookies soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll definitely want to participate in this week’s Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by OXO. Why? Because the theme is Christmas cookies of course!

pistachio orange crescent christmas cookies

Join Jamie and me this week in sharing your recipes for your Favorite Christmas Cookies for a chance to win a great cookie baking utensil gift set from OXO. OXO offers some seriously awesome kitchen gadgets and I know you’ll love the tools in today’s selection. They were selected with the purpose of making your Christmas cookie baking a little bit simpler.

Now, we want to know what your favorite Christmas cookie is, so join in on the fun and link up your recipe for a chance to win this fab OXO set! Check out Jamie’s Rum Balls.

pistachio orange crescent cookies

Pistachio Orange Crescent Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Because I like taking favorite recipes and tweaking them with new flavors, I thought I’d do the same thing this year. I used a recipe I’ve made before for Swedish Crescent Cookies and added orange zest and pistachios to switch things up a bit.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, plus additional for coating
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup very finely chopped pistachios
  • zest of one orange


  1. In a bowl, beat the butter and 1/2 cup sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract, yolk. Beat till combined. Slowly stir in the flour, nuts, and zest.
  2. For the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc shape. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  3. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove a heaping tablespoon of dough at a time, shaping into crescent shapes.
  4. Arrange about 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until cookies are lightly golden around the edges, about 15-20 minutes. While still warm, coat the cookies with confectioners sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 37mgSodium 44mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 4g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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How To Participate

For a chance to win an OXO Cookie Baking Utensil Gift Set valued at $150.88 (details of prize specifics below):

  1. Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring YOUR BEST CHRISTMAS COOKIE.
  2. Include “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by OXO.” in your blog post.
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  5. Submit your post before December. 5, 11:59 PM.
  6. Anyone can participate in the link up, but the prizes will ship to US addresses only.
  7. More detailed info are available here.

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Sunday 1st of June 2014

Should we measure the pistachios before or after chopping them up?


Tuesday 3rd of June 2014

chop first, then measure

Patricia Scarpin

Wednesday 14th of December 2011

Katie, these cookies look adorable! I'm a sucker for all things citrus and also happen to love pistachios - these are perfect for me!

Molly Jo

Monday 5th of December 2011

These were my Dad’s favorite cookies at Christmas. I haven’t made them yet this year, so don’t have any photos for my blog. Again, operative word being yet.

These are like little mini fruitcakes that go great with coffee, tea, egg nog, milk, mulled wine, cider, hot chocolate… pretty much any holiday beverage you prefer.

They’re great to give as gifts, store well in cookie jars and air-tight canisters. They also travel/ship well for those out-of-town travelers and Care Packages.

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4 cup sifted flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 1 cup finely snipped dates 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup chopped candied cherries Halved candied cherries (to top cookies with)

DIRECTIONS: Cream butter, sugar, and eggs until fluffy. Stir in sour cream. Sift together flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, cloves. Stir into creamed mix. Mix in oats, pecans, dates, raisins and chopped cherries. Drop from spoon 2″ apart onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Top each with halved cherry. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes approximately 5 dozen.

This recipe has been entered in the 2011 Holiday Recipe Exchange. “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by OXO.”

Molly Jo

Monday 5th of December 2011

[This recipe has been posted on my blog, but I don't have any photos with it so it won't link above.]

Here’s another great Christmas cookie recipe from my mom. These were always my favorite; even now I still can never get enough.

I haven’t made them yet this year, so there’s no photos on the blog. But trust me. As soon as I make them, I’ll photograph their melty gooey yumminess for all to see.

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup butter 1-1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2-1/2 cup sifted flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cream of tartar 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup small gumdrops, sliced (don’t use black)

DIRECTIONS: Thoroughly cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat in egg. Sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Gradually stir into creamed mixture; mix well. Shape dough into roll 2″ in diameter x 12″ long. Wrap in wax paper, chill several hours or overnight. Cut 1/4-inch thick slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate tops with gumdrop slices. Bake at 350 for approximately 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Makes approximately 4 dozen.

This recipe has been entered in the 2011 Holiday Recipe Exchange. “Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by OXO.”


Monday 5th of December 2011

Poor Man's Cookies This recipe has no butter, which is why it's for the "poor man". 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup hot water 1/2 cup canola oil 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup raisins, nuts, choc chips, or M & Ms (optional) Mix all but baking soda and water. Mix baking soda and water separately, then combine with the rest of ingredients. Use your hands to roll into walnut-sized balls. Note: Wet hands to make ingredients stick together. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Note: Over-baking will result in very hard cookies! Makes 3 1/2 dozen.