Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are soft, extra flavorful cookies made with browned butter, sea salt, honey and salted pistachios. This sweet and salty treat is easy to make, too!

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Perfect Pistachio Cookies

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!

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

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!

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Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Salted Honey Pistachio Cookies are soft, extra flavorful cookies made with browned butter, sea salt, honey and salted pistachios. This sweet and salty treat is easy to make, too!


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes:

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.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Adam
September 18, 2020 11:46 am

I normally am not the person to comment on blog recipes, but I have to tell you this cookie turned out amazing. The base was rich and paired well with the white chocolate and pistachios probably because of the honey and the richness of the browned butter.

I will admit I did add some semi-sweet cookies to couple of the cookies and again the base was so good it would work with other combinations. This recipe is now in my” definitely make again” folder.

Last edited 2 days ago by Adam
Kalliste
August 11, 2020 3:08 pm

What do you think about adding a tiny splash of rose or orange blossom water? The pistachio & honey combination has me thinking of the other traditional flavors in baklava, but I definitely don’t want to ruin the recipe lol. I feel like adding some cardamom too, just because I love the way it tastes in everything!

Laura
May 28, 2020 4:02 pm

Made these today and they are the PERFECT combination of salty and sweet. This is my new favorite recipe of all time. I have been sharing my baking with lots of relatives (doorstep deliveries) over the last couple of months, but these will not be shared. (Well, maybe the next batch will.)

Nef
May 6, 2020 10:32 pm

This may seem like a dumb question but can you make these without honey?

Karly
April 9, 2020 7:52 pm

Can you make these without a stand mixer?

Breanna
February 7, 2020 6:13 pm

My all time favorite cookie recipe! I LOVE the white chocolate and pistachios but have also enjoyed substituting them for semi-sweet chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts. They are so SO good!

Janice
December 25, 2019 7:15 pm

Can these cookies be frozen after they are baked?

Jane
November 26, 2019 9:19 pm

Oh. My. Word. I just made these for my son, who loves pistachios, and they are incredible! Sweet but not too sweet. Salty but not too salty. Soft and chewy, but not mushy. They came out exactly as shown in your beautiful pictures. He will love them — he cooks for a hospitality group that has, among other things, an upscale Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, and I think these would be a terrific dessert (maybe in brownie form, served warm, with some yummy ice cream?). Thank you for this little bit of deliciousness.

Olga
August 28, 2019 12:07 am

Hi Shelly, what type of pistachios do you use? Salted, dry roasted or plain? Can’t wait to make them!!

Sydni
August 27, 2019 11:53 pm

What kind/brand of pistachios did you use?

June 24, 2019 3:37 pm

Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?

June 24, 2019 3:30 pm

These look so good! Do you use this base for any other recipes?

Breanna
February 28, 2019 3:54 pm

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!

Kelly
January 27, 2019 4:48 pm

I made these and they’re fantastic. They turned out perfectly.

August 27, 2018 9:23 am

would like to know if I can use just the brown sugar and honey only? will it change the sweetness of the cookies or texture?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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