Pistachio Cookies (Small Batch)

A fun cookie to make and quick to make. It only takes a few ingredients and most of them you will have on hand. The recipe uses a small box of instant pistachio pudding mix, biscuit mix, oil, egg and a snack size bag of shelled pistachios. It makes between 12 to 18 cookies depending on the size. The perfect size batch for when you only cook for one or two people or need a quick cookie for lunches.

I like this recipe and have had it many years. You can use any flavor of instant pudding to make different cookies. There is no need to use an electric mixer because this recipe will stir right up and the batter is dropped from a teaspoon on to the cookie sheet. In less then a half hour you are done which makes this a very quick and easy recipe. It is also quite frugal because you can use the low cost brands of pudding mix. I make my own biscuit mix for half the cost of buying commercial mix. The link to the DIY biscuit mix is posted below.

Pudding cookies was the first recipe I posted on this blog in December 2010 for a blogger friend who was learning to cook for himself. There was no pictures, just several recipes and a narrative on how my family made do during a bleak time. Then in 2012, I reposted most of the recipes with pictures and deleted the early posts but this first one. In 2013, I didn’t post because I could not afford internet service, but when I came back the following year, I found the blog was still here and I had a following. It has been a hobby ever since. Life does get in the way and I post when I have something good to share. There was a illness and death in the family before Thanksgiving that kept me busy. Things are now getting back to normal and when I checked my neglected blog last night I discovered I had 3,000 plus views the day before Thanksgiving for my peach pie recipe, that I posted four years ago. I find that amazing, just like the first time coming back in 2013. Who would of thought 2 cans of sliced peaches and premade pie dough recipe would be so popular?

Pistachio Cookies (Small Batch)

  • Servings: 12-18 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Use only instant pudding mix. Cooked pudding mix will not work and the cookies will fail.

  • 1 1/4 cup biscuit baking mix (Bisquick)
  • 1 box instant pistachio pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios


Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheet with vegetable spray or parchment paper.

Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl. Drop by spoonful on a greased baking sheet and flatten slightly. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 8 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges. Makes a soft cookie.

Homemade biscuit mix:


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    This sounds great. With only my diabetic DH & grown daughter at home I’ve stopped making many desserts or only small batches with minimal tempting leftovers. Only problem is our daughter is allergic to nuts (she carries an EpiPen incase of accidental contact). So I will be trying with vanilla pudding & mini M&Ms. Thanks for sharing. Thoughts are with your family & glad things are returning to normal.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I was using up my biscuit mix I made a couple of months ago. So I also did caramel with butterscotch chips. Then chocolate with Christmas M&M’s and red velvet with walnuts. Last summer my local store was not going to carry Royal pudding mixes so I bought some at a low price. I chose from those for the cookies. You will enjoy the cookies because they are not over sweet and a soft cookie. I haven’t tried it with sugar free pudding. You would have to add additional biscuit mix to make up for the lack of sugar volume.

      It is really a budget cookie. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  2. Awesome recipe! I’ll have to make these when we we need a snack.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is the best pistachio cookie recipe. I have tried making them from scratch and I think it is the pudding that makes them good. This is a good recipe to keep in your recipe box. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. slfinnell says:

    Now with a few days left before Christmas I’ll definitely be tring this with the daycare kids! They won’t want the pistachios, but I’ll make a separate batch for me 🙂 Thanks for the recipe share!!

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  4. I am obsessed with small-batch recipes! Thank you for sharing this one. I can’t wait to give it a try later today!

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  5. Sheryl says:

    The cookies look so festive. And, I like how easy they are to make.

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  6. kagucuisine says:

    Anything with pistachios is bound to be delicious 💚. Thank you for the inspiration 💖

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  7. I made these yesterday; very easy to make as you say and very tasty. I have them in a container in the fridge and they are disappearing. Hubby loves pistachio. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for your feedback.

      Liked by 1 person

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