The 10 Most Popular Pistachio Paste Recipes

The 10 Most Popular Pistachio Paste Recipes

Pistachio paste recipes are very popular everywhere thanks to the rich nutrient content of pistachio. Most of these pistachio paste recipes are so simple that you can easily make them at home. All you need is to prepare the main ingredients and follow the directions for each one. You can buy pistachio products and make your pistachio paste at home if you like.
This post promises lots of pistachio paste recipe ideas, from pistachio ice cream to pistachio cookies to using pistachio paste for baking.

1.Pistachio Ice Cream

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Pistachio ice cream

This recipe takes overall 2 hours to complete. The chill time in the refrigerator is needed for the dough to mature.

Ingredients for pistachio ice cream

  • ½ cup pistachio paste
  • 2 cups milk (full-fat milk is preferred)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¾ cup pistachios (shelled, unsalted, toasted, and chopped)
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Instructions for making pistachio ice cream at home

Step one

In a mixer, gently mix ½ cup of pistachio paste with ¼ cup sugar. Make sure your pistachio paste doesn’t have any additives. If you don’t have pistachio paste, you can grind 1 cup of pistachios with ¼ cup sugar in a blender to make a paste.

When finely mixed, add milk to the mixture. Then, pour it into a large pan and put it over the heat. Bring it to a boil. After a few minutes, when the mixture is boiled completely, add almond extract to it and remove it from heat.

Step two

In a second bowl, whisk egg yolks with the remaining sugar (1/2 cup sugar) and mix thoroughly. Gradually, add the egg mixture to the hot milk mixture and mix them completely to make a custard. Put the custard in another pan and cook over low heat until it thickens.

Usually, 10 minutes is enough if you put it over low heat. But don’t leave it over the heat for a long time, you don’t want it to boil. Make sure to stir it every once in a while.
After removing from the heat, pass the mixture through a strainer in a large bowl and leave it to cool down. Then, put it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Step three

Add chopped pistachios and whipping cream to the custard and put the mixture in an ice cream maker. (You may want to read the manufacturer’s instructions for this).

Put the processed ice cream in the freezer. The ice cream is ready to be eaten the next day.

Enjoy it!

2.Pistachio Macarons Recipe

The pistachio paste recipe for macarons needs around 70 minutes to complete. 

The picture shows pistachio macarons made using a pistachio paste recipe.
Pistachio macarons

Ingredients for macaron shells

  • 2/3 cup almond flour (equal to 60 grams, preferably blanched)
  • 1/3 cup ground pistachio flour/powder (equal to 40 grams)
  • ¾ cup sugar (equal to 40 grams, powdered sugar is preferred)
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon green gel food coloring (optional, to add color to the macarons)

Ingredients for meringue or filling

  • 3 teaspoons unsalted and pure pistachio paste (equal to 20 grams)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (equal to 65 grams)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons water (30 ml)
  • 55 grams unsalted butter

You can find the full instructions for  this easy to follow pistachio macaron recipe in another post

3.Pistachio Raspberry French Cake Recipe

The picture shows pistachio raspberry French cakes.
Pistachio Raspberry French Cake

This easy recipe needs 30 minutes to complete.

Ingredients for Pistachio Raspberry French Cake

  • Pistachio paste: 1 tsp
  • Almond powder: 50 grams
  • Egg whites: 125 grams
  • Unsalted butter: 125 grams
  • Flour: 50 grams
  • Raspberries: 250 grams
  • Icing sugar: 150 grams

Instructions for making Pistachio Raspberry French Cake

Step one

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.

Step two

Melt the butter in a pan until it oozes a nutty smell. Then leave it aside to cool.

Step three

In a large bowl, mix the flour, almond powder, and sugar. Add the egg whites and mix again. Then add the mixture to the melted butter and stir thoroughly. 

Add the pistachio paste to this mixture and whisk again. Fill the molds with the dough. Using a spoon, make a small hole in each cake to put the raspberries inside.

Step four

Put the cakes in the oven and bake them for 15 minutes.

4.Vanilla and Pistachio Cupcake Recipe

The picture shows vanilla pistachio cupcakes.
Vanilla and pistachio cupcake

This recipe takes an hour to complete.

Ingredients for pistachio cupcake

  • Pistachio paste: 1 tbsp
  • 3 eggs
  • Butter: 150 grams
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • Cream cheese: 120 grams
  • Sugar: 150 grams
  • Icing sugar: 1 tbsp
  • All-purpose flour: 190 grams
  • Almond paste
  • Food coloring (optional)

Instructions for making vanilla and pistachio cupcake

Step one

In a large bowl put eggs and sugar together and whisk until the mixture whitens. If you use a blender, the result will be smoother. Then add the melted butter and vanilla and mix while gradually adding the flour.

Step two

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes.

Step three

Fill the cupcake baking sheets with the mixture and put it in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.

Step four

While the cupcakes are baking in the oven, whisk the cheese with 50 grams of butter in another bowl. Add the pistachio paste and icing sugar and mix until they obtain a homogeneous consistency. Put the mixture in the refrigerator.

Step five

After the cupcakes are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool thoroughly.

Instructions for decorating the vanilla and pistachio cupcake 

Now if you want to decorate your cupcake with almond paste flowers, follow these steps:

Step one

Mix a small amount of white almond paste with food coloring (yellow or any other color, depending on your choice).

Step two

Make small balls with this mixture and set them aside. We need one yellow ball for each cupcake.

Step three

Make even smaller white balls with the rest of the mixture. To make a flower, we need up to 5 small white balls for each cupcake. Flatten these balls and stick them around the first yellow balls we made in the previous step.

Step four

Now it’s time to bring the mixture (icing) from the refrigerator and pour it into a pastry bag to decorate each cupcake. 

Step five

Arrange the flowers on top of the pistachio cupcakes.

5.Pistachio Cake with Orange Cream Recipe

 Pistachio Cake with Orange Cream.
The picture shows pistachio cakes with orange cream.

This recipe takes about two and a half hours to complete. 

Ingredients for pistachio cake with orange cream

  • Unsalted butter: 1 ½ stick
  • All-purpose flour: 1 ½ cups
  • Pistachio paste: ½ cup (5 ounces)
  • Unsalted chopped pistachios: 1 ¼ cups (7 ounces)
  • Sugar: 1 cup and 1 tsp
  • Kosher salt: ¼ tsp
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • 3 eggs
  • Orange zest (grated) ½ tsp
  • Sour cream: ¼ cup
  • Mascarpone: ½ cup
  • Chopped candied oranges and honey for garnish

Instructions for making pistachio cake with orange cream

Step one

Preheat the oven to 325 °F (162 °C).

Step two

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the butter, 1 cup of sugar, vanilla extract, and pistachio paste until they become fluffy. Preferably, use an electric or handheld blender for about 3 minutes to have a homogenous fluffy dough.

Step three

Add the eggs one at a time and blend the mixture at low speed. Then add in the flour and butter and beat until it is fully mixed. Then add in the chopped pistachios.

Step four

Spread the batter in the pan and put it in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes ( if you insert a toothpick into the cake, it should come out clean.)

When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 2 hours.

Instructions for making the cream

Step one

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream, mascarpone, and the remaining sugar until completely mixed. Then, add the orange zest and continue mixing.

Step two

Decorate your cake with this cream, honey, and chopped pistachios.

Your cake is ready to serve

6.Frozen Pistachio Pie Recipe

Frozen Pistachio Pie.
The picture shows frozen pistachio pie.

This recipe needs 7 hours to complete, including 30 minutes for preparation.

Ingredients for frozen pistachio pie

🟡 Crust

  • Salt: ¼ tsp
  • Sugar: 1/3 cup (67g)
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • Cocoa: ¼ cup
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter: 6 tbsp

🟡 Filling

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Confectioners’ sugar: ¾ cup (85g)
  • Pistachio paste: ½ cup (156g)
  • 1 ¼ cups (283g) heavy cream

🟡 Topping

  • Chopped shelled salted pistachios for dressing: ¼ cup

Instructions for making frozen pistachio pie

Step one

In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, salt, cocoa, and all-purpose flour to make a paste. When they are evenly mixed and smoothed, press them into the bottom of a greased 9-inch pie pan. Use a fork to prick all over the crust. Put the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.

 Step two

While the crust chills, heat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit (204°C) for 10 minutes. 

Step three

Transfer the crust from the freezer to the oven. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes until there is no wet part in the middle or smell of chocolate. Remove it from the oven and let it cool at room temperature.

Step three

While the crust is baking in the oven, mix eggs, egg yolks, and confectioners’ sugar in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over simmering water (165°F or 73 °C) in a larger bowl and mix until thickened. Remove the bowl and mix in the pistachio paste and mix until it is evenly combined. Place the bowl in a pan filled with iced water to cool while stirring occasionally. 

In another bowl, blend the heavy cream, then mix it into the cooled pistachio mixture.

Step four

Add the filling on top of the crust, smooth the top, and freeze it for 6 hours.

7.Chocolate and Pistachio Cake Recipe

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Chocolate and Pistachio Cake

This recipe takes about an hour to complete. The original recipe would ask for chopped pistachio to give the cake pistachio crunch.

Ingredients for making chocolate pistachio cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 230gr dark chocolate (for the cake)
  • 115gr semi-sweet chocolate
  • 115gr butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼  chopped pistachio (for decorating the cake)
  • 4 teaspoon pistachio paste
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions for making the cake

Before you start making the cake, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 

Step one

sift 1 cup of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Then put it aside.

Step two 

In a bain-marie, melt the dark chocolate and butter together. Stir them to mix completely. Be careful not to burn it. Take the bowl off the heat once they are melted.

Step three

Add the sugar to the melted chocolate and mix.

Step four

Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and stir.

Step five

Add the buttermilk and stir until it’s mixed completely.

Step six

Add the eggs and stir.

Step seven

Add pistachio paste and mix (you can also use chopped pistachio).

Step eight

Add the rest of the flour in two stages. Mix gently after each addition.

Step nine

Pour the mix into an 8-inch parchment lined tin. Bake in the oven for 60 to 70 minutes.

The cake might crack a little bit because it’s very dense. It’s ok because we are going to cover it with chocolate ganache. 

Instructions for making the ganache

Step one

Add the heavy cream to a pot and place over low heat. 

Step two

Add the semi-sweet chocolate to the cream and stir till the chocolate is completely melted. 

Step three

Pour the ganache over the cake. 

Step four

Sprinkle the chopped pistachio over the ganache.

 Your cake is ready.

8.Chocolate Pistachio Mousse Recipe

The picture shows a chocolate pistachio mousse in a glass bowl.
Chocolate Pistachio Mousse

This recipe takes around 40 minutes to complete. 

Ingredients for chocolate and pistachio mousse

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Pistachio paste
  • 3 kernels Pistachios (chopped)
  • 100 grams Dark chocolate (melted)
  • 2 tbsp. Double cream

Instructions for making chocolate and pistachio mousse

Step one

In a pan over simmering water, melt the chocolate. Add in three egg yolks, and mix completely. Remove the pan and stir in the double cream.

Step two

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and fold in the pistachio paste.

Step three

Add the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture from step one.

Step four

Divide the mixture between four different glasses. Put them in the refrigerator for almost 20 – 30 minutes. Then decorate them with whipped double cream and chopped pistachios.

Step five

Chill for another two hours before serving it.

9.Pistachio Cookies

The picture shows pistachio cookies.
Pistachio cookies

This recipe takes around three hours to complete.

Ingredients for pistachio cookies

  • ½ cup sweetened pistachio paste
  • 1/3 cup raw pistachios (chopped)
  • 1 log honey-vanilla sable dough
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

Ingredients for the dough (two 9-inch logs or rolls)

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ¼ cup honey

Instructions for making the dough

Step one

In a medium bowl, beat the flour, cardamom, and salt to combine.

Step two

Put the sugar in a large bowl and scrape the vanilla seeds in it. Then, massage the mixture with your fingers until the sugar looks like wet sand. Add the butter to the mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is smooth. Message the dough with your hands a couple of times to make sure no dry bits are left at the bottom of the bowl.

Step three

Add the egg yolk and honey to the mixture and beat to combine completely. Reduce speed to low, and add the dry ingredients in 2 additions while mixing after each addition.

Step four

Divide the dough in half and shape it into two 9-inch-long logs. Wrap each log in parchment paper, and then wrap the paper tightly in plastic. Roll each log across a flat work surface to make it as round as possible. Then chill the dough for about 2 hours, until it’s firm.

Instructions for making pistachio cookies

Step one

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for 10 minutes.

Step two

In a bowl, mix the pistachio paste and butter until you have a smooth mixture.

Step three

Unwrap one of the dough logs and slice it into different pieces. [This recipe is for almost 18 cookies, so you can slice the dough into 18 pieces.] Roll each slice between the palms of your hands and press it gently into chopped pistachios so that pistachios cover half of each ball. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet with pistachio side up.

Put them into the oven and let bake for 10 minutes.

Step four

Check to see if they are golden. Then remove and gently flatten each ball using a wooden spoon.

Step five

Put the cookies into the oven again for another 10 minutes. Remove them when they are golden brown. Let them cool.

Decorate each cookie with the pistachio cream you made before.

10.Pistachio Chocolate Balls

The picture shows pistachio balls covered in chocolate.
Pistachio balls covered in chocolate

This recipe needs a few hours to complete.

Ingredients for pistachio chocolate balls

  • 150 grams pistachio paste
  • 150 grams shelled pistachios
  • 20 grams feuilletine
  • 20 grams honey
  • 100 grams milk chocolate
  • 25 grams grapeseed oil
  • 125 grams heavy cream
  • 350 grams dark chocolate
  • 20 grams cocoa butter
  • Salt: 1 pinch

instructions for making pistachio chocolate balls

Step one

In a large bowl, mix pistachio paste, honey, milk chocolate, and a pinch of salt. 

Step two

Put the heavy cream over the heat to boil and add it to the mixture. Use a hand blender to make a uniform and consistent mixture. Leave the mixture for a few hours to cool. 

Step three

Add feuilletine to the mixture and mix again. 

Step four

Fill silicone molds with the mixture. The molds need to be round so we can have chocolate balls in the end. 

Step five

Add a whole shelled pistachio kernel to half of the chocolate mixtures. For example, if you have 20 round molds filled with chocolate mixture, you need to put the kernels in 10 of them. Put the molds in the freezer for an hour.

Step six

Melt dark chocolate and cocoa butter in a bowl. Add chopped pistachios to it and mix until uniform.

Step seven

Remove the molds from the freezer. Remove the hemispheres from the mold and attach every two hemispheres to make a ball. Dip each chocolate ball in the melted chocolate. You can use a fork in this stage but need to be careful to avoid ruining them or separating them into halves. Place each chocolate-coated ball on parchment paper to let the coating set.

The chocolate balls are ready to serve. You can put them in the refrigerator to serve later.


We introduced 10 easy recipes for making cakes and desserts using pistachio paste. You need to practice on them to get them right. Also, you can make changes according to your taste.
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