Pistachio Butter Cups


If you love pistachio’s you will love these.  The recipe is my recipe for for peanut butter cups with a few tweaks.  If you want to make peanut butter cups, leave out the almond extract and substitute the pistachio’s with finely ground peanuts, peanut butter or just peanut butter for a smooth and creamy Peanut Butter cup.  I like a little crunch in my PB cups which is why I add the peanut crumbs.

This recipe came about when I started making peanut butter cups and there was not enough peanut butter and no peanuts in the jar to make more.  Hmmm. I had already started melting the chocolate for the outer shell and saw the jar of pistachio’s.  Pistachio’s have a delicate flavor when compared to peanuts.  I kept the ingredients simple as I didn’t want to overpower the pistachio flavor.  Ground pistachios, butter, powdered sugar, salt, and almond extract.  Having read Pierre Hermé’s book Macaron in entirety, I recalled that he mentions how almond extract/essence brings out the flavour of pistachio’s in his macarons. Of course, you may leave it out, but it does heighten the flavour of the pistachio’s.

After making the first batch I had debated over the recipe, was the flavour strong enough. The next day I had guests in for the weekend and after a few taste testing samples expressed their opinion to quote, “They are perfect, do not change a thing”.  So here it is Anna.  Thank you. xoDSC_2992

Pistachio Butter Cups

  • Servings: 24-30
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 cup pistachio paste (puree 1 cup pistachio to a thick paste)
  • 1 cup pistachios (will measure just over 1/2 of a cup once finely minced/chopped to a small crumb texture)
  • 1/4 cup coconut manna or vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain salt
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar (sifted)
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract *optional
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (no dairy added)
  • 24-30 pistachios for topping the finished cups


  • 1/2 cup pistachio paste – 1/2 cup peanut butter,
  • 1 cup pistachios – 1 cup peanuts (finely mince/chop will measure a little over 1/2 cup)
  • omit the almond extract.
  • 24-30 pistachio halfs for topping the finished cups– 24-30 peanut halfs for topping the finished cups

Pistachio CrumbsDSC_2661Measure out the ingredientsDSC_2662Add the pistachios to the food processor, cover and start pulsing for 15-20 secondsDSC_2665Keep PulsingDSC_2886Continue pulsing until you get to a small crumb texture about 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Remove from food processor and set aside.

Pistachio PasteDSC_2662

Add the other cup of pistachios to the processor

DSC_2665Turn the processor to on and let grind to a thick paste 3-5 min depending on the power of your processor

DSC_2691Stopping to scrape down any lodge pistachio pieces from lid or sidesDSC_2679Keep going.  Just like in my homemade peanut butter recipe, the pistachios will start to ball up before turning to a paste.DSC_2868The paste or pistachio butter should look like thisDSC_2870It doesn’t need to be completely smooth,  just puree long enough to make a paste and release the oils from the pistachios set aside.

Pistachio butter cup fillingAdd the coconut manna or vegan butter to a medium-sized mixing bowlDSC_2885Cream the butter by hand before adding all remaining ingredientsDSC_2888Add in the ground pistachiosDSC_2891The sifted icing sugarDSC_2893The pistachio pasteDSC_2892Stir to combine all ingredientsDSC_2894Add the almond extractDSC_2896Stir to combineDSC_2897Set paste aside

Prepare chocolate

DSC_2671Place either a sauce pan with a heat-proof bowl or a double boiler with 2 inches of water over medium heatDSC_2673Add the chocolate chips or pieces.DSC_2681Melt over medium heat until completely melted. Let sit over the warm water but off the burner until ready to use.DSC_2902While chocolate is melting add baking cup papers or candy papers to a muffin tinDSC_2900I like to add the chocolate to one of these wilton squeeze bottles, but a tablespoon works.DSC_2910Add about 2 teaspoons of chocolate to the bottom of each baking cup

DSC_2909Give the muffin tin a few gentle taps on the counter to spread the chocolateDSC_2912Set to the side

DSC_2914Measure out the pistachio butter mix using a 1 tablespoon scoop or measuring spoon.

DSC_2916Gently roll the mixture between the palm of your hands to a ball shape.  At this point you could set aside to make pistachio truffles like these.DSC_2917Flatten the mix so it just fills the bottom of the tin, making sure to leave enough space for a thin layer of chocolate to cover the sides and the topDSC_2918Set in place and continue until all the mix is used.DSC_2922

DSC_2919Cover with 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolateDSC_2928No special tools required, a tablespoon works fine.DSC_2921
DSC_2923Give the tin another couple taps on the counter to flatten the chocolate.  Add a little more melted chocolate if you see any of the pistachio filling.DSC_2925

Top with a pistachio and place in the refrigerator until set.  Remove from pan and enjoy. DSC_2988These are best kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks for best taste and freshness.

DSC_2996_2Remove the paper cups before serving on a platter.  They won’t last longDSC_3004These would make a delicious treat to give away for the holidays for a pistachio loving friend.DSC_3003

Try making them into truffle shapes as pictured here.


Pistachio Butter Truffles


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