Our favorite ways to use delicious pistachios in cakes, cookies, salads, and of course, ice cream.

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Baked Alaska

Rating: 3.61 stars
This old-fashioned dessert, which originated at New York City's Delmonico's restaurant to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867, has become popular again, and why not? An ice-cream cake covered with an igloo of meringue emerging from an oven is a real showstopper.

Mini Pistachio Bundts

Mini but mighty, these rich, Middle Eastern-inspired rings are made with half flour, half ground pistachios (for a vivid-green color, seek out the blanched Sicilian variety), and flavored with pistachio extract and aromatic orange-flower water. While optional, chopped nuts and rose petals are the classic toppings on a Persian love cake and make for an extra pretty presentation. 

Embellished Wreath Cookies

Buttery classic, sugar cookies make a delicious treat anytime. Here, Martha heightens them to special-occasion status with a simple glaze and a fanciful combination of candied flowers, crystallized ginger, and chopped pistachios.

Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake

The key to this recipe's moist crumb? You guessed it: yogurt. Emblazoned with thick pieces of rhubarb--in peak season in early spring--it's a next-level spring dessert. Temper the vegetable's sour notes by roasting it with sugar before baking, and add ground pistachios to the batter to unleash a sweet nuttiness. Martha made this cake on Martha Bakes episode 1103.

Meat Pie with Hot-Water Crust

Inspired by the traditional game pies that were staples on tables across Britain, this savory dinner showstopper calls for a unique hot-water crust that's sturdy enough to holds its own against Martha's chicken-and-pork filling studded with pistachios and fresh herbs.

Mixed Fruit-and-Nut Cookies

Rating: 3.76 stars
These hearty cookies are packed with wholesome dried fruits and nuts. They borrow their delicious flavors from the traditional holiday fruitcake.

Pistachio Cannoli Cake

This dramatic four-layer dessert is inspired by the flavors of Sicilian-style cannoli, which is stuffed with ricotta, chopped chocolate, and candied orange zest. 

Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust

Rating: 3.78 stars
This creamy dessert is a cross between key lime pie and traditional lemon bars.

Creamy Lemon Pasta with Pistachios

Like a vegetarian spaghetti carbonara! Meaty pistachios stand in for guanciale, cream amps up the usual eggs and cheese, homemade breadcrumbs add crunch, and a heap of lemon zest brightens up the whole dish.

Milk Chocolate-Pistachio Tart

Rating: 4.15 stars
You'll find pistachios everywhere in this dessert -- embedded in the crust, in a paste layered beneath the milk-chocolate filling, and in a dusted coating on top. Martha prepared this recipe in Episode 501 of "Martha Bakes."

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

Three flavors of ice cream--pistachio, vanilla, and strawberry--are layered with chewy cornbread cake and frosted with whipped cream in this showstopping make-ahead dessert. In a nod to the filling, the top is garnished with sliced strawberries and chopped pistachios.

Tropical Fruit with Coconut-Pistachio Crunch

Feel free to use any tropical fruits in this salad; it's not so much what you choose but how good the fruit is, so pick only the ripest and most fragrant. If you like, serve with a dollop of sour cream on the side.

Inspiration and Ideas

Customizable Granola

For the best granola you've ever tasted, think outside the box. This do-it-yourself mix can be tailored with whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit sound good to you. Start with our three delicious blends, each with its own winning texture and taste.

Pavlova with Rhubarb and Pistachios

Rating: Unrated
It's hard to believe that a dessert this elevated is made from such basic ingredients: sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. It is also a lovely study in contrasts: the delicate, crisp exterior; the ephemeral interior; and here, soft, sweet-tart rhubarb and crunchy pistachios. Happy spring.

Lamb Ghouzi

This Arabian Gulf showstopper is traditionally prepared by stuffing a whole lamb with rice or pasta, nuts, onions, and spices. Martha simplifies the dish by using lamb shoulder instead.