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Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies - Fantastic cookies with bright citrus flavors among the crunch of pistachios. Addictively delicious!

Winter is citrus season – and I absolutely love it! After eating rich and decadent foods during the holidays – I love a burst of lemon, lime and orange citrus flavors in my foods.

These Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies are the perfect sweet treat for taste buds that are craving light and citrusy flavors like mine!

Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies - Fantastic cookies with bright citrus flavors among the crunch of pistachios. Addictively delicious!

This shortbread recipe is based on one that we found in my mother’s old recipe box – but it did take a little bit of experimentation to get these Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies just right. So many of the older recipes in her box are a little vague with instructions like “bake in a moderate oven” with no specific temperature or baking time given – but after a few burned cookies our recipe was finally perfect!

In among the bright lemon lime flavor there are currants and pistachios in these cookies – giving them a little bit of a sweet chewy texture and a salty crunch among the crispy shortbread. I found these Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies to be addictively delicious – and a perfect dessert for the middle of winter!

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Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 14 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup currants
  • Zest of one lime
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups butter, softened (2 ½ sticks)
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract



  1. Place pistachios in food processor and pulse until the pieces are slightly larger than a grain of rice. A few large pieces are fine.
  2. Pour into a small bowl and add currants, zest from one lime and ¼ cup of granulated sugar. Toss to combine and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy. Add remaining sugar and beat until slightly pale in color.
  4. Add flour while mixing on low, and then add the lemon extract. Beat until mixed and slightly crumbly.
  5. Add nut and currant mixture and beat on low just to incorporate.
  6. Pour out onto your counter and press together and form into a log, 18 inches long. Doesn’t have to look perfect.
  7. In a small bowl, mix sugar in the raw with the zest of one lime and combine.
  8. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Cut the log in half with a sharp knife. Then cut each half into thirds. Then cut each third into five pieces. This will yield 30 slices.
  10. Pick up each slice and form into a circle about a half inch thick.
  11. Dip both sides in the raw sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Repeat for the remaining pieces, filling up three pans.
  12. Place all three pans in the refrigerator for about an hour to harden.
  13. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  14. Bake each pan right from the refrigerator to the oven for 12-14 minutes.
  15. The finished cookie will still be soft and just starting to get slightly tan in color. Do not bake longer than 14 minutes, in fact less time is better than more time.
  16. Let each cooked pan sit out of the oven for five minutes. Then slide the parchment sheet with the cookies onto a rack and let cool completely before you attempt to remove them from the parchment. They will harden slightly as they cool.
  17. Once cool, remove from parchment and store in a covered container for up to three days or freeze.

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Pistachio Lemon Lime Shortbread Cookies - Fantastic cookies with bright citrus flavors among the crunch of pistachios. Addictively delicious!

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