Pistachio and Chocolate Leprechaun Cookies – Perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Cookies
I can’t believe St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! It’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate because I love any excuse to throw a party. These pistachio cookies were the perfect addition to our table.
While I love my pistachio cookies with cherries, these ones with m&m’s and nuts can’t be beat.
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.
Mix-in’s for Cookies
A few notes on the mix-ins below!
- Pudding: I include pistachio pudding because it gives a subtle pistachio flavor and hint of green, we love to use it in this pistachio pudding dessert, too! You can also add a drop or two of green food coloring to the batter for even more green coloring. I use vanilla pudding in these chocolate chip pudding cookies, so that is an option as well. It’s really up to you!
- Nuts: 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.
- Chocolate: 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 !
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.
More St. Patrick’s Day Favorites:
- Chocolate Mint Brownies
- Rainbow Fruit Platter
- Irish Soda Bread
- Homemade Shamrock Shake
- Rainbow Cupcakes
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- 1 cup butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 3.4 ounces package instant pistachio pudding (dry mix)
- 2 eggs
- 2 ¼ cups cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup green M&Ms
- ½ cup chopped walnuts , or pistachios
- green food coloring , optional
- Preheat oven to 375° 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 and chopped walnuts or pistachios.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or Tablespoon, drop cookies on baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are turning slightly golden.
- Let cool on the pan a couple minutes then move to a cooling rack.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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Recipe Contributed by Courtney Whitmore from Pizzazzerie
Substituted butter flavored Crisco for butter. Used walnuts and no food coloring.
Made with walnuts. Made them for a party. They ate them all! Going to make with pistachios next. Just to compare. But we really like these. Easy recipe. Love that. Thanks from the group. 🧙♀️🧙♂️🧚♀️🧚♂️🌷🌱☘🍀
I dyed mine green and I did not care for the way they looked, so I would not do that again.
Also did you press some M and M’s on top of the cookie before baking as most of mine when baked you cannot see the M and M’s on top.
All I could find was mint flavored green M&M’s, will they work in this recipe?
Yes they will if you enjoy mint flavoring :)
Mine came out flat. I read that pudding helps with that problem. Do you know why mine spread?
Hi Rebecca! It’s hard to say without being there. My guess is it could be altitude or maybe not enough flour was added. You can always mix more flour in if they are falling or try refrigerating the dough balls for 30 minutes prior to baking.