Pistachio and Chocolate Leprechaun Cookies


Pistachio and Chocolate Leprechaun Cookies  by Courtney of Pizzazzerie for I Heart Naptime

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I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! It’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate because (a) excuse to throw a party (b) green is my favorite color and (c) leprechaun cookies! What are leprechaun cookies you ask? They are my family’s favorite St. Patrick’s day treat. They’re full of decadent dark chocolate chips, crunchy walnuts, green M&Ms and pistachio! I created these to have a hint of green (no pinching here!) as well as be absolutely irresistible in flavor.

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A few notes on the mix-ins! I include pistachio pudding because it gives a subtle pistachio flavor and hint of green. You can also add a drop or two of green food coloring to the batter for even more green coloring. Up to you! I love the crunch that the chopped walnuts give to these cookies but of course they can be left out or swapped for another favorite. Dark chocolate chips really contrast the sweet pistachio flavor but milk or white chips would be fabulous as well. Just be sure to include green chocolate candies, the leprechaun really loves those !

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These cookies don’t take hours to make, in fact they’re ready within one hour so it’s the perfect after-school snack too! Consider packaging these up with a fun black and white striped bow and green shamrock gift tag to give as teacher’s gifts, neighbor’s gifts, party favors, etc! Or just make a big ol’ batch for your family to enjoy during movie night for St. Patrick’s Day! However you enjoy these leprechaun cookies, they are a real treat.

Pistachio and Chocolate Leprechaun Cookies

Whip up a batch of these Leprechaun Cookies full of pistachio and chocolate to make for St. Patricks' Day!

Yield: 1-2 dozen, depending on size

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant pistachio pudding (dry mix)
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup green M&Ms
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
green food coloring *optional


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add extracts and pudding mix and eggs one at a time. Beat for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to sugar mixture one a little at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition. Add a drop or two of green food coloring at this point if you want a stronger green color. Stir in chocolate chips, green M&Ms, chopped walnuts, and any other mix-ins you like!

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are turning slightly golden. Let cool and enjoy!

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For more St. Patrick’s Day ideas, try these Hidden Pot of Gold Brownie Cups and Free St. Patrick’s Day Art Prints!

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Hi I'm Courtney! I'm the blogger behind Pizzazzerie.com and cookbook author of Push-Up Pops, Candy Making For Kids, and Frostings! I am a food and entertaining stylist, sharing recipes perfect for parties, and styling for a variety of brands and companies. My work has been seen on Martha Stewart Weddings, HGTV, BH&G, and Access Hollywood. I live in Nashville, TN with my husband and baby girl!

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  1. Elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots posted on March 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm (#

    These look yummy! Thanks for the recipe! 

  2. April posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm (#

    These cookies look so yummy!  I was wondering if it would be okay to substitute instant Vanilla pudding and add green food coloring to cookie batter in place of the pistachio pudding?  My son has an allergy to pistachios.  Love your recipes and crafts!  Thanks :)

    • Jamielyn posted on March 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm (#

      It will have a different taste of course, but that should turn out great! :)

  3. Michelle posted on March 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm (#

    These look delicious! :)

  4. Sarah L posted on March 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm (#

    We tried these for St. Patrick’s Day and they were a huge hit. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  5. Trudy Therian posted on October 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm (#

    Made theses today and shared them with my neighbor.  They were a big hit.  Didn’t have m&ms but they were fine without them. Yum!

  6. Sarah posted on February 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm (#

    why walnuts and not more pistachios?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm (#

      You could definitely add more pistachios! I just like the flavor of mixing the nuts. :)

  7. Donna Howard posted on March 11, 2017 at 9:54 am (#

    I make these every year for our ward missionaries and I’ve always had comments about how yummy they are!! Thank you!!