Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

Recipe for pistachio cookies with caramel centers;  These pudding cookies are soft, green, and easy to make.

pistachio cookiesI have this friend, we’ve known each other since Nixon was in office.

Well, maybe not Nixon, but you get the idea.

Anyway, I love her dearly, but she has terrible taste in ice cream.  Sometimes we go to this local ice cream place together.  It’s the kind of place where the small sundae is enough to feed two people, and the ice cream and toppings are dripping out over the sides of the glass.  The food there is nothing to write home about, but the ice cream is memorable.

I always get peppermint ice cream with hot fudge, because it’s the obvious best tasting choice.  I can’t think of one thing I like better than hot fudge, unless it’s hot fudge with peppermint ice cream.  It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

But my friend always gets pistachio ice cream with caramel sauce.

Actually, now that I think about it, it does sound pretty good.  Just nowhere near as good as peppermint and hot fudge.

Even though she is wrong about this important topic, she is one of my oldest and loyal-est friends, so these cookies are totally for her.

pistachio cookies

In addition to loving my old friends, I’m loving my new friends too.  One super cool thing about being a rich and famous food blogger is meeting people from all over the country.

Today, I joined up with some of my best bloggy friends to bring you this super-duper awesome collection of St. Patrick’s Day recipes.  It’s radical, as we used to say when Nixon was in office.

I hope you’ll take a minute to look through all these fun recipes, and send some love to the bloggers who made them!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

1. Key Lime Pound Cake by Joan at Chocolate Chocolate & More
2. Mini Banoffee Pie Tarts by Kelly at Kelly Bakes
3. Chocolate Bailey’s Mousse Tart from Nancy at Gotta Get Baked
4. Irish Carbomb Cupcakes from Susan at Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
5. Pistachio Caramel Cookies from Jen at Jen’s Favorite Cookies
6. Guinness Stout Mini Bundt Cake from Shanna at Pineapple and Coconut
7. Irish Cheese and Bacon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust by Carla at Chocolate Moosey
8. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Trifle from Anita at Hungry Couple NYC
9. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from Renee at Magnolia Days
10. Pistachio Mousse Cups from Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic
11. Irish Eggs Benedict from Isabelle Crumb Blog
12. St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Stack from Angie at Big Bears Wife
13. Guinness Chocolate Cake from Jen at Juanita’s Cocina
14. Irish Potato Oatmeal Bread from Sarah at What Smells So Good

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Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick's Collection
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Easy pistachio cookies with caramel centers.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2-3 dozen
  • 1 pkg. sugar cookie mix
  • 1 box (4 serving size) pistachio flavored instant pudding mix
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dry roasted salted pistachios, chopped
  • about 25 caramels
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Add eggs and butter and mix until combined.
  3. Fold in pistachios. Form into balls, and place on baking sheet.
  4. Unwrap caramels, and cut each in half. Place each piece in the center of a ball of cookie dough.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

 Pistachio Cookies

Pudding Cookies

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29 thoughts on “Pistachio Caramel Cookies & St. Patrick’s Collection

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  3. kelly @ kellybakes

    Jen, I love the backstory behind these cookies. When I first read what you were making, I thought, “Pistachio and caramel? huh. That’s a combo I’ve never seen before.” But the more I thought about it, the more it worked! Kudos to your friend for thinking outside the box! When I go for ice cream with my family, I often get black raspberry ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top because I’m always in the mood for Reese’s, but our ice cream shop makes THE BEST black raspberry ice cream, so I can never choose.

    Anyway, thank you so much for organizing this lovely St. Patty’s Day linkswap! You’ve done a stellar job and it’s been great getting to know all the lovely ladies involved! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you!

  4. Joan@Chocolateandmore

    OK Jen, I’m not sure I can forgive you for this post. Talking about remembering Nixon in office? Really? Crap, I remember that too! Now I feel really old! I think you may have to just send me a batch of these cookies to make up for it. After all they are rad, cool, gnarly (not sure that applies but wanted to throw it in) and the bomb (maybe I’m a bit ahead of my time on that one but it fits!) And you my dear, are just fabulous!

  5. Renee

    These cookies would bring a great big giant smile on my husband’s face. He loves pistachios and caramel. Looks like I found another treat to make for him.

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  7. Isabelle @ Crumb

    I have to agree with you…. there’s nothing that could possibly ever top peppermint ice cream with hot fudge. Nothing.
    That said, in almost any format other than ice cream, pistachio totally wins the day. Especially when there’s caramel involved. And even more so because there’s instant pistachio pudding, which totally breaks every food rule in my book, but is still one of my biggest weaknesses ever. I could honestly dive face-first into a pile of these cookies right now, healthy diet be damned. 🙂

  8. Anita at Hungry Couple

    That’s so cute that these cookies were inspired by your friend’s ice cream choices. I actually think that pistachio and caramel sounds pretty damn good! 🙂 Thanks for inspiring this great St. Pat’s recipe collection today!

  9. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Jen, thanks so much for putting this party together – it’s been so much fun. I think your friend is brilliant for thinking up this combo and you’re a genius for putting it into cookie form. I love pistachio but would’ve never thought to pair it with caramel. These cookies looks amazing – I’m craving them right now at 9:30 a.m. They’d totally count as breakfast, right?

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  11. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    These look amazing!!!! I am bookmarking them to make in the future. Thank you again so very much for organizing this and all your hard work putting the collage together! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this amazing group!!

  12. Susan

    Thanks for being a fantastic organizer and putting this great group together! It’s been a blast, and now I must try this combination! Never had it before and I”m intrigued!

  13. Kim Beaulieu

    These are super gorgeous. I have such a weakness for anything pistachio. These cookies look stunning. Thanks so much for organizing the event. You did a great job.

  14. The Ninja Baker

    As much as I too love the combo of peppermint and chocolate, the tribute to your friend of pistachio and caramel looks and sounds very yummy. And perfect for St. Patrick’s Day =)

  15. Sarah

    Kelly stole the comment I was going to make! The cookies look fabulous too, and I have to say that ince cream flavour pairing would be our fave here!

  16. Carla

    I never heard of pairing pistachio and caramel together, so maybe your friend is onto something. Thank you for organizing this event!

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  22. Sarah

    Oh my gosh, absolutely love these pistachio cookies ! They look scrumptious! I can’t wait to try them!! I had featured U in the post of To Better Enjoy Your Spare Time with These 7 Fabulous Cookie Recipes
    on AllFreshRecipes. Looking forward to ur Refreshing Eats!

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