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Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies

These Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies are one of my favorite healthy little cookies for the holidays. These cookies are low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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These tiny little Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies are made with just ground pistachios, almond meal or flour, sweetener of your choice, and eggs, and they’re delicious and perfect for the holidays. I found the original recipe on a great blog called The Italian Dish, who got it from II Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey by Marc Vetri, and apparently the cookies are served in his Philadelphia restaurant, Vetri.

With only four ingredients, this recipe qualifies for my Five Ingredient or Less Index Page, and this pistachio cookie might be the ultimate test of how easy it is to substitute a sweetener like Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener for sugar in a recipe, and I was really  happy with the results. If you don’t care about the whole low-carb or low-sugar thing you could substitute brown sugar for some of the sweetener, your choice. And there are some suggestions in the comments from readers who have tried this cookie with other kinds of nuts too if you’d like to improvise.

Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

I was struck by how different my dough looked from the pictures on The Italian Dish, but I didn’t realize until I looked it up on Wikipedia that almond meal and almond flour are slightly different. I used Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal which probably gave the cookies a slightly denser texture, but still worked perfectly. You could also use Blanched Almond Flour for a finer-textured cookie. I mixed the cookies in a food processor.

I was baking the cookies in my toaster oven, so I had several batches to cook. The first batch didn’t spread enough, so by the second batch I decided to smash the cookies down a bit, like the ones in this photo.

Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Cookies  to Try:

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Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies

These Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies are one of my favorite healthy little cookies for the holidays.


  • 3/4 cup (4 oz.) shelled pistachio nuts, plus about 50 nuts to garnish top of cookies (I used dry-roasted pistachio kernels from Costco)
  • 2 T plus 1 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or use a blend of Stevia Granulated and another sweetener or use sugar if you prefer and don’t care if it’s sugar free. See notes.)
  • 1 2/3 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten well


  1. In food processor or bowl of immersion blender, combine pistachios with 2 T Splenda or Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener and process until the nuts are finely ground.
  2. If using food processor change to plastic blade, or transfer pistachio/sweetener mixture to stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  3. Add the almond meal or almond flour and cup of sweetener and mix until well combined.
  4. Then add eggs and mix until completely blended into dry ingredients.
  5. Remove mixture from food process or mixer bowl and chill at least 8 hours. (I chilled it overnight and baked the cookies the next day.)
  6. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  7. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop a small spoonfuls of dough and roll between your hands to make a small ball about an inch in diameter. (I used a teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop out the dough.)
  9. Put each ball on the parchment, smash down slightly, then press one pistachio into the center.
  10. Bake cookies until they are lightly browned on the edges, about 12-15 minutes in my toaster oven.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack or dish towel and let cool.



My cookies didn’t spread out much, probably due to the denser texture from the almond meal. Seems to me this recipe would also be very adaptable to other types of nuts; I’d love to know if anyone tries some variations.

I originally made these cookies with Splenda, and then with Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener. But now I prefer a blend of Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener for sugar-free baking.

Recipe adapted from II Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey, found via The Italian Dish.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies would be great for traditional low-carb diet plans when made with Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener, or other approved sweetener. South Beach limits nut flours for Phase One, but these would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. However, these are very calorie-dense cookies, so keep that in mind if you’re trying to lose (or not gain!) weight during the holidays.

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57 comments on “Four-Ingredient Flourless, Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies”

  1. The cookies look great! Very festive too!

  2. What a great wheat free cookie! My youngest can’t eat wheat, but loves to bake … so this will be a great treat for her especially with Christmas around the corner. Thanks for posting!

  3. I can tell just by reading the ingredients that these would be delish! I love pistachios in just about anything. And thanks for the link to the sugar-free sugar cookies–just baked up a batch last week (so much fun to roll cookies!). PS Never knew about the difference between almond meal and flour–I guess I’ve only seen meal around here.

  4. Talita, glad you like the look of them.

    Maria, thanks.

    Glad it was useful.

    Rikki, I decided I haven’t used almond flour either after I read that. I think it might be an Italian product, whereas in the U.S. we only get almond meal. Of course after I read that I wanted to get some almond flour so I could try it!

  5. These do sound like something I would enjoy! I can eat flour, but I do like alternative cookie recipes.

  6. could you use soy flour instead of almond meal??

  7. Well, dang! I would like to try these as a sugar free version, myself! Just to clarify, what I use at home and in my recipe is Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour. That’s how it’s labeled. The only ingredient is finely ground almonds. That’s what I use to bake anything that calls for Almond Flour. Don’t know about any ofo the other products, but that’s what I keep on hand. I love it that you made the sugar free version, Kalyn, because I never know if substituting Splenda works and I try to watch my sugar, too. Thanks!

  8. Italian Dish. that’s very interesting because Bob’s Red Mill is exactly the brand I used too! No idea why our batter looked so different, but maybe it’s just that I mixed it with a food processor. Great recipe though, thanks, and I love your blog!

    Raquel, I don’t really know. I’ve never cooked with soy flour. I doubt it though, as the almond meal is much heavier. If you try it, let us know how it works. Maybe part soy flour and part almond meal would work, for a lighter cookie.

  9. wow! that is so cool! thanks for sharing! i’m sure one of my brothers would love them 🙂

  10. Hi Kalyn, Trader Joe’s has a ground almond meal that I’ve used in place of flour with great success. I’ve not tried Bob’s Red Mill but will soon as a comparison. I’ll bet these cute little cookies satisfy a sugar craving. Thanks for sharing them.
    A while ago I got away from using Splenda and went back to small amounts of sugar. Well, my body told me in no uncertain terms that Sugar was definitely on its no-no list, so I’m back to Splenda, sparingly, and am much happier.

  11. Baking with almond meal is so much fun. I love the addition of pistachios. Sounds delicious!

  12. Being diabetic, this recipe fits my diet very well! One question…what do you think would happen if you used roasted rather than raw pistachios?

  13. Marsha, I did use roasted pistachios. The package I have says “dry roasted pistachio kernels.” Maybe I better clarify that in the recipe, thanks!

  14. My cookies looked exactly like yours! I used Bob’s Red Mill, roasted nuts, and used a hand mixer. Delicious…thanks for the recipe!

  15. Marsha, so glad to hear that. (And now I’m wondering why I didn’t think of using a hand mixer, duh. Great idea.)

  16. Kalyn, I didn’t have pistachios, so I decided to play with the recipe a little. I used almond meal, pre-packaged crushed walnuts, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice (these ingredients were all leftover from your pumpkin pie cheesecake recipe!), a little vanilla, and a pinch of salt. I put slivered almonds on top of the cookies and baked. Very, very good. Thanks for this great recipe. I can’t wait to try the real one!

  17. Anonymous, now I want to try that version!

  18. Yum! These are great for Passover, where baking soda/powder and flour are a no-no. I did a trial run this week in preparation for the holiday, and they came out great! I didn’t chill the dough more than 4 hours because I didn’t get to that part in the recipe until it was sort of too late. I baked a tray yesterday and continued to chill the rest–I’ll bake them now and see how they turn out!

  19. I made these but used macadamia nuts, and they turned out quite nice! Here's a link to my post: http://jessicabcd.blogspot.com/2009/08/flourless-macadamia-nut-cookies.html

  20. This sounds like an amazing recipe-perfect for my husband who is diabetic,but still loves cookies.

  21. Kalyn, well deserved congrats on the Oprah.com mention. You have proven that you are the go-to gal on how to get control of your weight, and still enjoy food. So happy for you!

  22. Deborah, I'm not an expert on diabetes, but I think these should be great for it.

    Gwen, thanks so much! It's exciting.

  23. Kalyn, congratulations on being featured on Oprah.com! You deserve it! These cookies sound as though they would be very satisfying, but without the guilt of too many holiday treats.

  24. Yay! I'm always a fan of anything flourless!

  25. I've never had pistachio cookies, but I love pistachios and I'm sure these are great. And flourless to boot? So excited to try them.

  26. I'd like to try these cookies with stevia or agave sweeteners, instead of splenda. I'll let you know how they turn out. The conversions are not straight forward, but this is a simple recipe and I love pistachios. I have a reaction to artificial sweeteners, even splenda.

  27. Now I want to make more cookies, but they really are good!

    Jayne, would love to hear how it works using stevia or agave if you try it.

  28. Congratulations on being featured in Oprah.com! Your cookies look sensational. It's not easy to maintain pistachio's lovely green when baking, but you've pulled it off. Festive and delicious.

  29. Lovely cookies. I can imagine the flavour,taste and crunch….YUM. This would be a great item to share with friends during coffee morning or afternoon tea.

  30. I'm so glad to discover your site, as I'm just starting the southbeach diet. Great looking recipes! Two questions on this cooking recipe:

    1. Do you think this dough would work in a cookie press?

    2. How many of these cookies do you think = a dessert serving for Phase 1? I haven't a clue how it all balances out, and want something different than the various forms of ricotta desserts that are recommended with dinner.

  31. I've never used a cookie press so I can't answer that. I wouldn't eat more than one or two of these cookies at a time if you're actively trying to lose weight.

  32. Kalyn–
    I only chilled this for about 3 hours and before I chilled it, I formed the ball into a log wrapped in wax paper and when it came time to bake them I just sliced the number of cookies I wanted off the log and put the rest in the fridge for another time.

    This is my last day of phase 1 of South Beach and I'm going to have one (or two) of these without reservation. I simply ground up my own almonds so I'm thinking this makes them acceptable since no flour was added to my almond meal.

    Thanks so much!!


  33. Jennifer, go ahead and have a couple, but I do need to tell you that no kind of flour (even nut flour) is really allowed for phase one. (The almond "flour" doesn't contain flour, it's just called that because the almonds are so finely ground.) I was mixed up about that for quite a while though, and it didn't seem to hurt me. (I think it's not allowed because nuts are so calorie dense, that when they're ground into flour it's easy to eat more than the allowed amount.)

  34. > I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams,

    How's that working for you ?

  35. Wazzup, it works perfectly when I stick to the plan!

  36. I didn't read all the comments – so maybe someone already corrected you. But Mark Vetri's Philadelphia restaurant is actually called VETRI, not Vendi. Its one of the best Italian restaurants in the country.

  37. Five ingredient Fridays — what a fun idea!

  38. Hi Kayln, I was thinking of making this with hazelnut flour. Could you estimate the volume or weight of your pistachio flour after it was finely ground? Thanks.

  39. A healthy little cookie for the holidays sounds perfect to me!!! Can't believe these only require 4 ingredients. . I love recipes like this and I LOVE almond flour!!

  40. Wow – only four ingredients?? Impressive! There are few things I love more than pistachios… Wonderful idea – thanks!

  41. I have PLENTY of almond meal left over from making almond milk, so this is fantastic! And i love the variations from the commenters. Thanks, all!

  42. So, your recipe calls for 2 eggs. What about the 1/2 egg precision on the Italian Dish site?

  43. These are boss af. I made one change – I replaced the pistachio garnish with a spoonful of fig jam, and it balanced out the extreme nuttiness without overpowering the pistachio flavor.

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  46. How much sweetner is used? The ingredients say 2T plus a cup, but only 2T is in the dough?

    • The recipe says this: “In food processor or bowl of immersion blender, combine pistachios with 2 T Splenda or Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener and process until the nuts are finely ground. If using food processor change to plastic blade, or transfer pistachio/sweetener mixture to stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add the almond meal and cup of sweetener and mix until well combined.”

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