Shamrock Pistachio Cookies with Irish Coffee

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Shamrock Pistachio Cookies with Irish Coffee for St. Patrick's Day.

A perfect pair for an afternoon treat.

I love this at night to take the chill out.

This light frosting gives the cookie just enough sweetness over a buttery flavored pistachio cookie.

A great cup of Irish Coffee hits the spot on any occasion, but with St.Patrick's Day just around the corner, this coffee goes great with these cookies.

Have a great St. Patrick's day...and hope you find your pot of gold

Irish and Assorted Coffee

Pistachio Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash ground nutmeg
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped
2 to three drops of green food coloring

Cream the butter and sugar together; add baking powder and nutmeg and mix well with electric mixer.
Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Stir in flour just until moist; fold in nuts taking care to not over mix.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or damp cloth and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls, flatten slightly with bottom of small glass. Or use dough and cutout shapes.
Place 4 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set.
Transfer to wire rack to cool completely and frost make powdered sugar and water frosting tinted green for Christmas or St. Patrick's Day

Irish Coffee

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 shot glass of Irish whiskey
Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Fill footed mug or any mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with whipped heavy cream. Serve hot.

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  1. Always ahead of the game... :) Love the St. Patty's Day treats! It wasn't until just recently that I visited The Buena Vista in SF where I had my very first Irish coffee and loved it, I can't wait to try yours out.

  2. Love the Irish coffee, prefer JJ Jamison's for the Irish whiskey! All of my uncles (paternal) drank Jamison's. And the cookies, well they are just beautiful Claudia!

  3. Irish coffee is very good but pistachio cookies are wonderful. I love them. I'll take them in mind fonr my daddy ;) Bye

  4. Ready for St.Patrick??? Ok, I will kiss you even if you are not Irish!:)
    lovely treats! Compliments darling!

  5. What a beautiful combination! I love the pistachio cookies. They look so pretty and delicious. Bet they are very crunchy.

  6. nice pairing - alcohol & Irish ... the pistachio cookie sounds great too

  7. @daydreamer thanks hope you like it!
    @redkathy never can get enough good strong coffee with whiskey,love it will have to try that kind!
    @federica gracie!
    @nina thanks
    @marymoh thanks sweetie`
    @drick thank you :)

  8. 2 terrific delights in one post.. Thanks thanks!!! My sweet tooth, much appreciate it :)



  9. I could use a cup of that right about now, and the cookies are wonderful!

  10. I'm really enjoying your blog! Decided to become a google follower. Love your tribute to the Irish with this post. I only recently realized that I absolutely love pistachios! Just posted a recipe for a wonderful baklava that has lots of them! Cheers!

  11. I am ready for St. Patrick's Day in all ways except for food. meaning - I haven't thought about it all. Your goreous duo was just the reminder I needed.

  12. Aw I know my students would love these cute cookies! Do you make irish soda bread too?

  13. The cookies look yummy but I could really use a cup of that coffee about now!

  14. Although I'm not a pistachio fan, I'll say that I could use a sip of that Irish Coffee!

  15. Gorgeous clover shaped cookies and I love the pistachio flavor!

  16. Those cookies look great! Pistachio, best flavour ever. Oh...I think I'm going to grab that coffee, for sure! haha...

  17. I almost wish I were Irish! Your head is just bursting with bright ideas, isn't it? Love this one too :)

  18. "Buttery flavored pistachio cookie" and using a cup of pistachios...sound delicious!

    Wish I had some right now with the Irish Coffee.

  19. You are the cookie queen and certainly know how to celebrate St. Patrick's day! Irish coffee reminds of when I was a student and first visited San Francisco, and tried my first Irish coffee...yours looks so good!!!

  20. Beautiful shamrocks, and with pistachios... Oh my what a heavenly cookie!

  21. I am not a coffee drinker but my wife is addicted. While we were Ireland my wife and her buds drank an Irish Coffee every day. I'll have to give her your recipe as I don't think hers had brown sugar in it.

  22. My family loves frosted cookies and these are perfect for St. Patrick's Day!!!


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