Pistachio Dessert Recipes

Pistachios add their pleasing light green color and delightful flavor to pistachio dessert recipes like pistachio cake, baklava, pistachio ice cream,  and gelato.

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Pistachio Hazelnut Baklava

Rating: 4 stars 11
Making Baklava is a long process, but you will find the results of your labors rich and rewarding with this wonderful recipe.

Pistachio Nut Cake II

Rating: 4 stars 17
This cake uses yellow cake mix, instant pistachio pudding and it's covered with a pistachio flavored whipped topping.
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Vanilla Pistachio Fig Tart

Rating: 5 stars 8
A lovely multi-season tart using fresh figs, pistachios, lemon zest, and a hint of vanilla.

Pistachio Cake II

Rating: 4.5 stars 86
This simple cake recipe uses pistachio pudding mix and lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage to deliver a cake that is great for potlucks or family gatherings.
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Pistachio Cake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 348
A green tube cake made by altering a cake mix with pistachio pudding and green food coloring.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Rating: 5 stars 1777
The red and green make a great Christmas cookie. Have used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe.
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Pistachio Fluff Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 352
This is a light and fluffy dessert salad based on pistachio pudding; the pudding is made lighter with the addition of whipped topping. Add an extra can of mandarin oranges, if you like.

Instant Pistachio Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 310
This recipe is super simple and can be changed to suit your tastes. Just add additional fruit and/or nuts.
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Torrone (Italian Nut and Nougat Confection)

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
This chewy nougat is studded with pistachios and toasted almonds. Edible rice paper on the bottom makes it easy to slice and serve.

Pistachio Ice Cream Dessert

Rating: 5 stars 5
This is a refreshing, light dessert; a nice treat for St. Patrick's Day or any special occasion. My husband and son will eat a whole 9x13-inch dish in less than a week!

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Rating: 4.5 stars 203
This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!

Chef John's Baklava

Rating: 4.5 stars 29
I tend to enjoy a generous ratio between nuts and pastry, as that makes me feel a little bit better about the copious amounts of sugar in this, but above and beyond that, I think this approach produces the best texture. You can use as many layers of filo as you want, but be careful, since too many may not cook through, and the only way to mess this up is to undercook the dough. The top and bottom layers need to dry out, and thoroughly crisp up, otherwise, once the syrup gets ladled over, you'll have a soggy mess.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Baklava Recipes
Nutty, syrupy, crispy... what's not to love about baklava?
Favorite Recipes Using Pistachio Pudding Mix
Impress kids and adults alike with this selection of sweet treats — they're easier than you think when you use instant pistachio pudding mix!
Pistachio Salad
Rating: 3.5 stars 40

This recipe is delicious and easy to prepare. Enjoy! Pecans are a terrific substitute if walnuts are not on hand.