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Pistachio Oat Sandies

These sweet, simple, nutty Pistachio Oat Sandies are shortbread and oatmeal cookies all rolled into one! - Bake or Break

These pistachio sandies are sweet, nutty little cookies! Salty pistachios and chewy oats come together in a shortbread cookie that you’ll just love!

Pistachio sandies on a plate.

Nuts are one of my favorite baking ingredients. I’m admittedly more likely to turn to pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds, but I also love to bake with other nuts. Like pistachios!

These little Pistachio Oat Sandies are a simple shortbread cookie combined with an oatmeal cookie and all disguised as a drop cookie. You get the simple deliciousness of shortbread with a little chewiness from the oats. And instead of cut-out cookies or a pan of shortbread, you get little rounded cookies full of and covered with plenty of pistachios.

As with any shortbread recipe, the mixed dough will be loose and crumbly. If you’ve carefully measured all of your ingredients, all will be fine. When it’s time to shape and bake the cookies, I use a 1-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough, compact those portions a bit so they hold together better, then roll it into balls.

When you’re in a hurry, I know it’s tempting to skip that hour of chilling the dough. It will, however, help these cookies keep their shape as they bake. Shortbread is often made in a pan or as cut-out cookies. Making them into shaped drop cookies makes that chilling step pretty important.

Pistachio sandies stacked on a plate.

If you’re looking for a simple, nutty cookie, then these little guys are for you. The flavor is subtly sweet, and the crunch from the pistachios is just right. A perfect little cookie package!

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Pistachio Oat Sandies

Yield 36
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Pistachio oat sandies are sweet, nutty little cookies! Salty pistachios combine with chewy oats in a shortbread cookie that you'll truly love!

These sweet, simple, nutty Pistachio Oat Sandies are shortbread and oatmeal cookies all rolled into one! - Bake or Break


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup regular or quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped pistachios, divided into 1/2 cup portions


  1. Whisk together the flour, oats, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Mix in 1/2 cup of pistachios. The mixture will be crumbly but will hold together when pinched.
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Using 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls. Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, coating well.
  7. Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared pans. Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned.
  8. Cool the cookies on the pans for 5 minutes. Then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


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    7 Comments on “Pistachio Oat Sandies”

  1. I have a bag of pistachios AND a bag of oats in my pantry, Jennifer. I can tell my Christmas baking this year will be a lot superior to last year’s, your recipes are so wonderful and I intend to use at least one! 😉

  2. Drooool… These look (and sound) fantastic!!

  3. This is going on the list of goodies to be made, pronto!

  4. Thanks, everyone, for the very kind comments!

  5. Can I skip the pistachios? Will the amount of the oats be different?

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