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Swedish Saffron & Pistachio Cookies

Commonly known as 'Saffron Biscotti,' these easy-to-prepare cookies are a staple of Swedish Christmas tables. A perfect balance of crunch and sweet, enjoy a piece (or two) of these Saffron & Pistachio Cookies for your next coffee break or after-meal dessert! (VIDEO ABOVE)
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 50
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Neriz



  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Combine melted butter and saffron.  Mix and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine sugar and eggs.  Mix.  
  • Add saffron and butter mixture. Mix.
  • Add flour and baking powder.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Add chopped pistachios.  Mix until a dough starts to form.  It's ok to use your hands at this point.  
  • Form a ball of dough and cut in into four equal portions.
  • Form a log for each portion (about 27-29 cm long).
  • Place the logs on a tray, lined with a baking sheet.
  • Place the tray in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Take the tray out of the oven and adjust the oven into 120°C (250°F).
  • Let the logs cool for 15 minutes.
  • Once properly cooled, cut logs into equal portions (about 1 & 1/2 cm width each).
  • Place the cookies back on the tray lined with baking sheet.  Place the tray back in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Take the tray out of the oven and turn the cookies to the other side.  Place the tray back in the oven for 30 more minutes.
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and let cool.
  • Serve.



  • Add a bit more flour if the dough is too wet.  It shouldn't be too wet (or too sticky) that you cannot form it into a ball.
  • Raw or roasted pistachios can be used for this recipe. Go for whatever you prefer.
  • Place your baking tray in the middle of the oven. Do not be concern about burning the cookies.  It will never happen because of the low-temperature setting of the oven.


Calories: 46kcal