Guests are sure to go nuts for these mouth-watering cherry pistachio lemon cookies by Sandra Lee. Serve at a garden party — they’re the perfect way to kiss winter goodbye and ring in spring.


Cook Time: 8 min     Yield: 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 box (4-serving size) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1 container (4 ounces) candied red cherries, coarsely chopped


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  • 2

    In a bowl, stir together cake mix, pistachio pudding mix and salt. Beat in eggs and butter until a soft dough forms. Stir in pistachios and cherries.

  • 3

    Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on cookie sheet 3 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges just start to brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes on pan before transferring cookies to a wire rack.

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