Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies will add an exotic twist to your holiday parties!

What a strange, surreal, and freakish winter it has been so far. In less than one week Jeff and I are headed to Tucson, AZ for Christmas with his family and I cannot wait to get out of town. I feel distracted and unsettled. I’m tired. I’m also craving normalcy and my old routine and I know I might not get back there until the beginning of next year. It’s ok, though. Things are definitely moving in the right direction. And I’m looking forward to visiting with family and eating some quality Mexican food (something DC sadly lacks).

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies will add an exotic twist to your holiday parties!

Regardless of my mood or energy level, the holidays are here and the show must go on. I’ve made these chai spiced pistachio snowdrop cookies several times now and they’re pretty incredible. The fragrant combination of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and allspice is downright addicting.

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies will add an exotic twist to your holiday parties!

The chai spices bring an exotic twist to these classic snowdrop cookies (also known as Russian Tea Cookies and Mexican Wedding Cookies). The pistachio flour adds an additional tasty twist and slight green hue. I bought my pistachio flour online but you can also use use roasted, unsalted pistachios that have been ground in a food processor. If you prefer, almond flour (which is available at most grocery stores) can be substituted instead.

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies will add an exotic twist to your holiday parties!

I’m looking forward to Christmas. Before we know it, winter will have passed and spring will arrive with sunlight, beautiful flowers and warmer temperatures. Until then I’m going to work hard, keep out of trouble and enjoy the cookies.

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies will add an exotic twist to your holiday parties!

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies
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Serves: Approximately 40-50 cookies
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2½ ounces (1/2 cup) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8½ ounces (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4¼ ounces (1¼ cup) pistachio flour (see note)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the all purpose flour and salt together.
  4. Turn the mixer speed down to low and slowly add the pistachio flour followed by the all purpose flour. Scrape down the sides once or twice to make sure the dough is evenly mixed.
  5. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out cookies. Use your hands to roll each cookie into a ball.
  6. Chill the cookies for 15 minutes and then bake for 20 minutes. While the cookies are baking, sift together the topping ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven. While they're still warm, carefully coat each cookie in the sugar mixture and set aside to cool. Once the cookies have cooled (about 15-20 minutes), toss them again in the sugar mixture.
You can order pistachio flour online, if it's not available in your local store. Almond flour, which is available in most grocery stores, may be substituted for the pistachio flour. You can also making your own pistachio flour by grinding roasted unsalted pistachios in a food processor.

Tools I Used

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KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display
Norpro 3 Piece Stainless Steel Cookie Scoop Set
Focus Foodservice Commercial Bakeware Half Sheet Pan
Parchment Paper Sheets

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  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    As much as I love your dark, edgy photography style, I am really digging the all white pictures. It compliments the cookies so nicely and just feels festive!

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    Love your presentation. And the spices involved make me happy. My kind of cookie.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    These sound amazing. Mexican wedding cookies are some of my favorite cookies so I know I’d love this variation on them!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Love the chai and pistachio flavors!

  • Tieghan

    I am currently on a HUGE pistachio kick, so these sound amazing!

  • Gail @ 2Create in Color

    This type of cookie used to be my very favorite, but I don’t think I’ve ever made them myself! Time to change that!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    These are one of my favorite cookies, so melty in the mouthy :) Have a great time in AZ, and eats tons of fat burrito’s! Thanks for the link ;)

  • Julia @Vikalinka

    Such loveliness. White on white photos are so hard to do (I attempted to do it in my last post and it took me ages to get a clear-ish shot) but yours is a beauty! Adding a spice twist on the tradition is always a great thing.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    My partner said that I can shave my head again if I loose 2 kg, it’s kind of a trick, as I don’t know how to diet and it means I need to run almost each day. And you’re killing me here! I read the recipe and I know that this cookies will be delicious. So tempting to make them…

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    These cookies are beautiful!!! LOVE! and I feel the same way. . getting sick and Christmas is next week!! Well, at least you’ll be in sunny AZ. . enjoy it and yummm. . love mexican food!!

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    These sound soooooo good! I heart chai spice AND pistachios, I know these would be amazing!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Beautiful photos! I love that these cookies are chai spiced!

  • Dina

    they look yummy!

  • Valerie

    Yes, please speak more of spring and warm times to come!
    These cookies look delicious! Love the idea of using pistachio flour.

  • Liz@Virtually Homemade

    I loooove chai spices in baked good. Chai goes really well with chocolate too.

  • sandra

    I love these snowdrop cookies – lemon ones are divine. I have not tried chai but sounds interesting,

  • Susan

    I love this type of cookie no matter what the name! I love your idea of the chai and pistachio flour – very unique and delicious, along with everything else I see here :)

  • Paula – bell’alimento

    I love everything about these cookies (and I’m totally out on winter too ; )

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  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Love that you did both white and dark photos here!

  • fauxchef5

    I love your photos! I am into pistachios this holiday season. I am going to see if I can find the pistachio flour and make these for New Years Eve. Happy New Year!

  • Laura Dembowski

    Beautiful cookies! Such elegantly simple photos. I’m sad to see Christmas pass by, but I’m hoping this year is a great one and spring arrives soon.