Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are soft pistachio cookies made extra flavorful with browned butter while sea salt, honey, and salted pistachios really boost up the sweet/salty combo! These are a FANTASTIC, easy cookie recipe!

You know I love a good cookie recipe. I basically built my whole business around my cookie obsession. I mean find what you love, right? Anyhow, over the coarse of the almost TEN YEARS I feel like I have perfected the art of the cookie. At least, I have perfected MY version of the perfect cookie. Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate…yep, I’ve made them all hundreds of times. So coming up with new, and interesting cookie recipes over the last few years has gotten a little tougher. I have to get more and more creative…which is cool, I’m all about a challenge.

Anyhow, that brings me to today’s (delicious) recipe, Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies. I generally am a no-nut kinda gal…especially in cookies. I do make an exception from time to time, though. And pistachios are the perfect excuse to go nuts in.

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are an easy pistachio cookie recipe!

What are Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies?

These easy pistachio cookies are packed with flavor! I browned the butter, so there’s that. I also included coarse sea salt and honey to give them a different type of sweetness. AND white chocolate, because why not. You could also, certainly, use dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet chips in these cookies. Yes, totally.

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookie dough

The pistachio cookie dough is easy

When you brown the butter, just let it cool for a bit. You don’t want it to be piping hot.

And the coarse sea salt throughout the cookie adds little pockets of salty. If you don’t love this, go ahead and sub out the coarse sea salt for kosher salt.

Also, make sure not to over-bake these. The key to getting an extra soft cookie is to take them out of the oven slightly underdone and allow them to “carry over” cook on the pan for a few minutes on the baking sheet before cooking them on a wire rack.

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are an easy, soft cookie recipe

I love the extra flavor the browned butter and honey give to these cookie to make them really unique!

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are going to be a new favorite cookie!

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x


Salted Honey, Browned Butter, Pistachios and White Chocolate make this the perfect salty/sweet cookie! So soft and cozy!


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • optional – flaked sea salt for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt the butter and bring to a boil. Stir or swirl pan consistently as the butter boils and begins to brown (about 5 minutes). It will turn a deep amber color. Remove from the heat and allow the butter to cool for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. When the butter is cooled add it to the bowl of your stand mixer, along with the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Add in the honey, egg, vanilla, sea salt, and baking soda. Mix for an additional minute, until combined.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in the pistachios and white chocolate chips until evenly combined.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoons) drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2- inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Don’t over-bake.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool for 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt if desired.


The trick to keeping these cookies soft is to watch the bake time carefully. All ovens bake slightly differently, also the baking sheet you use can make a huge difference. I bake these for exactly 8 minutes in my oven, and the cookie gets slightly golden at the edges while looking slightly underdone on top. They will continue to bake as they sit on the hot baking sheet, so make sure to let them sit on the sheet for 4-5 minutes after you take them out of the oven.

25 Responses

        1. CORA

          Yes, I would like to make the dough ahead because I would like the cookies to be fresh when I serve them but I won’t have a lot of time. Can I make the dough a day or two before? They look so yummy and impressive!

  1. Janet

    Just made these. I’m not sure they are fully cooked (followed your directions exactly) and I made 43. They are delicious! I’m a huge white chocolate fan, pistachios too. Loved the combo. I sprinkled them with Maldon sea salt.

  2. Janet

    Here’s an addition to my earlier comment. I just asked my husband what he thought of these cookies. He said he thought they were the best I’ve ever made! And I make a LOT of cookies!

  3. carolyn

    Thoughts on freezing the dough? Do you think it would be okay to roll the dough in balls before hand and just cook that way rather than the dropped spoonfuls?

  4. Susie

    Hi Shelly What is the “shelf life” of these cookies when stored in a heat-sealed plastic cookie bag?
    They will be on the shelf room temp. They look terrific. The customers for whom I bake prefer
    soft type cookies not crispy/crunchy. and with at least a 5 day “shelf-life” Much thanks for your reply.

  5. Carolyn Walden

    Update…these were a huge success! Served with homemade pistachio ice cream…a keeper for sure….thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Shelly

      You can 3/4 cup of light brown sugar, and omit the granulated, but make sure to use the full 3/4 cup of sugar, no matter the type!

  6. Breanna

    This is our favorite cookie recipe! We love it as is but have also tried it with walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips. So SO yummy!

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