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Saffron Pistachio Lace Cookies
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3 from 3 votes

Saffron Pistachio Lace Cookies

I won't soon forget the allure of these saffron pistachio lace cookies. They first seduce with a touch of orange, then an earthy pistachio flavor, and finally a smooth, fragrant saffron finish.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 80 cookies (Remember to cut the cookies as thin as you can or your yield will significantly drop.)
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed saffron threads use a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon to crush
  • 3/4 cup unsalted shelled pistachios about 3 ounces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest packed
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


  • In a small bowl, add saffron to melted butter and let sit for five minutes.
  • In a food processor, pulse pistachios and sugar until nuts are very finely chopped. (I had some trouble slicing my chilled cookie dough later in this recipe and I think this would have been resolved if I had chopped the nuts more finely.)
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together saffron butter, pistachio-sugar mixture, almond extract, flour, orange zest, and orange juice.
  • Cover bowl and chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and roll into two 1/2" by 9" logs. Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment and freeze at least two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Using a very sharp knife, slice each log into 1/4" thick slices. Place sliced dough discs two inches apart from each other on parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheets. (The dough may crumble a little when you cut it. That's OK. Just push it back together with your fingers and it will all melt together in the oven.)
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  • Cool on cookie sheets. The cookies will fall apart if you lift them too soon.
  • Store layered between parchment in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Potassium: 12mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg