Pistachio Cookie Cups

Pistachio Cookie Cups

St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, and I can guarantee you that I will forget to wear green. If anyone pinches me, you’ll get a reflexive elbow jab to the eye.

Okay, that was kind of harsh. But really, I don’t forget to wear green on purpose. I barely own anything green. I’m more of a black and gray kind of person with my clothing choices. That way, everything matches!

But with food? That’s a different story altogether. I love me some green food, and when there’s a holiday to be celebrated, that’s even better. These pistachio cookie cups are the perfect festive treat!

Pistachio Cookie Cups

Let’s get back to the wardrobe for a minute, because I have often been mistaken for a vampire, thanks to my color choices. You see, I wear a lot of black. A lot. It’s partly because yes, it matches everything, but it also expresses my deep disapproval of winter and mourning for summer. Once the seasons change, the sundresses can come out of hiding!

Pistachio Cookie Cups

Thanks to genetics and rigorous sunscreen usage, I have extremely pale skin. My students have accused me of being a vampire, and I don’t bother contradicting them. After all, fear can work to a teacher’s advantage. The contrast of very dark hair with my regularly ashen hue is definitely a motivator for the black clothing preference as well. It’s an exercise in contrast.

So yeah, when tomorrow rolls around, there will probably be no green. I won’t even pull out a green scarf because, nope, don’t have one. Or a pin. Does anyone in my generation wear pins anymore? They mainly serve to make holes in jackets.

Pistachio Cookie Cups

Here’s hoping that nobody pinches you come tomorrow if you forget your green. If you walk around armed with pistachio cookie cups, they’ll like you too much to hurt you!

These are so easy to make. The base is a yellow cake mix, to which you add pistachio pudding mix and other basic ingredients. Then you bake them in mini-muffin molds and frost. Watch how easy this is to do!

I told ya. Easy. If you head to the store after work, these will be done in less than an hour. In the recipe, I use bought frosting to speed things up. You could use the kind  that comes in tubs, or you could do my favorite hack, which is to buy a container of vanilla frosting from your favorite local bakery.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all. May it be a pinch-free day full of fun, laughter, and green food!


Pistachio Cookie Cups


Cookie Cups
1 box yellow cake mix
1 package (3.5 oz) pistachio pudding mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
container vanilla frosting (see note in post)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Mix well until a dough forms.
  3. Spoon the dough into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until set and golden at the edges. Cool completely.
  4. When the cookie cups are cool, mix the almond extract into the frosting. Using a star tip, pipe swirls onto the cookie cups. Add sprinkles. Allow the frosting to set.
  5. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I always forget to wear green. And I don’t even get dressed until midday so it’s pointless! Love cookie cups, they’re the best!
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    1. Mir

      I’m so jealous! I want to get dressed midday! I’m fully dressed with makeup on by 5:30. What a bummer!

  2. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Ha! I’m probably the only other person who only wears black. Umm. Lawyer and former public defender = a ton of black suits. Thanks for reminding me that I seriously need to go shopping. Amazon Prime here I come! These cookie cups look awesome! BTW – my bday is St. Patrick’s Day and I almost never wear green. It’s not my color! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Black makes for the best work uniforms, Rachelle. I mean, why spend all that extra effort matching colors?

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I don’t own a lot of green either! I wear a lot of grey and navy….bright green always looks bad on me! These cookie cups look so good! I’ve never had a pistachio kind before and I’m loving the cute sprinkles. Sounds delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Oooh, navy. I always want to go that way and then I just kind of don’t buy enough of it. But I love it!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    haha, it’s funny you say you wear a lot of black. . for some reason, I would have pictured the opposite! But, yeah, use the vampire thing to your advantage with your students! 🙂 Ok, I love these pistachio-cookie-cups!!! love the idea of using pistachio pudding mix!!!! These are perfect for St. Patty’s day!!! woot woot!!!

    1. Mir

      Don’t confuse my sunny personality with clothing choice, Alice! 🙂 Seriously, I wear a LOT of black. It’s just easier that way. And my mom never let me wear it growing up, so it’s probably some belated rebellion.

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I don’t think I own anything green either – I practically live in black and I am happy with that. I am happy to partake in St Paddy’s Day by eating though and this looks like a good way to do that. I am pistachio obsessed.
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    1. Mir

      But you’re in the UK, and no green today? Isn’t it a bigger deal over there? Or the same? I have no idea. Anyway, I love pistachios too!

  6. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Does anyone wear pins anymore? Remember stick-pins? They were pretty popular in the 80’s…maybe you were just a toddler then. I love these pistachio-cookie-cups! They look so tender and sweet!
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    1. Mir

      Oh, I remember the stick pins. I had many…still do somewhere! They were so happening!

  7. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    I think I own 1 green shirt and it’s more of an around the house shirt, not something to be worn in public. I may have to resort to a green hair tie or bracelet. These pistachio cups look delicious! Love how easy they are to make!
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    1. Mir

      A green hair tie shows effort, Jen. Go for it!

  8. Amanda

    I never have trouble finding anything green to wear. It’s always been my favorite color, so at stores I’m drawn to it. Pink on the other hand…nope.
    These cookie cups look delicious. I really like pistachios and pistachio pudding, so I could nibble on these happily all day.
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    1. Mir

      Oh, but pink is one of my faves! I guess we wear opposing colors, Amanda!

  9. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient

    Interesting idea, I bet these come out super moist! Sounds like a great St. Patrick’s day treat for the kids 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It’s super easy, Mary!

  10. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I actually have a very nice green dress but who can wear it when it’s that cold outside! I think a green bracelet would do! Love these cookie cups, so easy and cute!
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    1. Mir

      Green bling definitely counts! I should’ve done that. I’m in black, of course…

  11. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Mir, I totally feel you! I barely own any colored clothing, much less green (or pink or red, for Valentine’s!) so I always get pinched. I’m a black and white kinda girl- gotta stick with the classics. Love the use of pistachio pudding here- so yum! And also just a question, which bakery in the DC area sells frosting? Because I need to get on that 🙂
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    1. Mir

      If anybody pinches me I’m gonna go renegade on them, Medha! All the bakeries do. Seriously, just ask them and they’ll do it. I’ve never asked Baked and Wired, but I’m sure they would. They want to get paid, after all!

  12. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – I didn’t intentionally wear green today, but it happened. I need more pistachio treats in my life. I used to love pistachio ice cream as a kid, but I can’t remember the last time I had it. That needs to change. These look so delicious.
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    1. Mir

      I haven’t had pistachio ice cram in forever. Gotta change it right along with you!

  13. David @ Spiced

    Hahaha! “fear can work to a teacher’s advantage.” Truer words have never been spoken, Mir. I think you should totally get a pair of fangs and wear ’em to class one day. Don’t say anything. Then when the students call you out on them, just be like “oops, sorry…I forgot to take these out.” 🙂

    On another note, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! These cookie cups are a fun way to celebrate. Heck, cookies make everything better…even St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you remembered to wear something green today.
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    1. Mir

      I try not to scare the kids, but you know, it’s hard to avoid it sometimes! You’ve been a teacher, so you get it!

  14. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Happy St. Patty’s day girl! Hope you are walking around with these fabulous pistachio cookie cups as armor, because you probably aren’t wearing green. 😉 I’m not wearing green either, but i’m still in my pajamas… so? Anyways, love these little cookie cups!! I have deep love of pistachios and all things pistachio related, so I am totally digging these cups! Such a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s day, but I will still be eating these months from now! Gimme! Cheers, dear!
    P.S. You do not look like a vampire, but go on with your bad self instilling fear into your students. ha. 😉
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    1. Mir

      I like eating green food all year, Chey! And pistachios are my love.

  15. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I don’t really own any green either. And I most certainly did not wear any on St. Paddy’s day. lol These Pistachio Cookie Cups sound amazing!
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    1. Mir

      Yeah, green is a tough color. I kind of like it, but I never bother buying it. Oh well!

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