Sunday, 24 July 2011

Pistachio and Whisky Shortbread

Isn’t it funny when you make a recipe and it turns into something completely different.  This was purported to be Pistachio Biscotti.  But the recipe didn’t call for it to be twice baked and it wasn’t dry and crunchy, so in my book, it’s not biscotti.

But it is really, really tasty!  I added whisky rather than rum and that lovely smoky oaky flavour is there without the overly boozy taste.  And I love whisky. 

Adapted from here 

225gr butter
140gr caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2tbsp good whisky
Couple of drops of vanilla extract
280gr plain flour
100gr shelled pistachio nuts
Pinch of salt

1, Beat the sugar and butter together until pale and fluff
2, Mix in the egg yolk, zest, whisky, vanilla extract and salt
3, Sift in the flour and add in the pistachio nuts and gently mix together to form a dough.

4, Form a log with the dough, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour to firm it up.
5, Preheat your oven to 190o/c
6, Remove the dough from the fridge and unwrap the clingfilm.  Cut into wedges about 5mm-1cm thick.  Arrange on two lined baking sheets
7, Bake for 10 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown and remove from the oven.  Leave on the baking trays for at least 10 minutes before moving onto a wire cooling rack to cool through.
8, Store in an airtight container. 


  1. Pistaschios and Whisky, two of my favourite things! Lovely biscuit, whatever you call it.

  2. A genius invention! I love pistachio based bakes, and with the added brilliance of whisky- a winning combination!

  3. Ok, so not really a biscotti but they look like a really good biscuit. Like the idea of the whisky - although I've nothing against rum either.

  4. uhm whisky..shortbread..pistachio..i think you may have just invented my dream biccie right here!!! seriously, this is gorgeous! I might try half the batch with whisky and half with rum if i try it out, just to see (and yaknow..booze is always good hey :) ) Lovely recipe indeed

  5. ps i have that book you got the recipe from too! i havnt baked as much out of there as i should have, you have inspired me to have another look at it soon :)

  6. Pistachio's, shortbread, whisky..a trio of favorites from my world. Thanks for stopping by my place and glad to be a new follower.
    Thanks for sharing..

  7. I love this! You get the delicious flavors of biscotti in a softer cookie. Great recipe.