A hand holding one of the pistachio cookies with a bite taken out of it

Cream Cheese Pistachio Cookies

These cookies are so soft, moist and delicious cookies!  They are my most popular cookie.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, cream cheese cookies, pistachio cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 143 kcal
Author Elaine Benoit


  • 1 cup butter (softened and cut into pats)
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • .75 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2.25 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • .50 teaspoon salt
  • 3.4 ounce package pistachio pudding mix (regular, but if you can't find regular, it's okay to use instant)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios


  • .50 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar in a mixer until combined

  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until mixed
  4. Add flour, baking powder, pistachio pudding mix and salt and mix until combined

  5. Stir in pistachios - the batter will be hard to stir

  6. Use a medium cookie scoop and place balls on cookie sheets

  7. Bake in middle of oven for 15 min, check after 12 - as we all have different ovens. They should be a little soft to the touch and slightly browned on the edges.  Let them rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack

  8. Optional:  If dipping some of the cookies in chocolate, melt chocolate in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds.  My chocolate took 1 minute 30 seconds to melt

  9. Eat

  10. Smile

  11. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Update:  The last few times I've bought pistachio pudding mix, I've had to buy instant.  There isn't any noticeable difference to the taste of these delicious cookies, so feel free to use instant in these wonderful pistachio cookies.

Tips for Making these Cookies:

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Pistachio Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 58mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.