Pistachio Cookies

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Jul. 21, 2011

In preparation, texture and shape, these cookies are similar to Italian biscotti, and, like the Italian cookies, they are great for dunking into a hot beverage. In India, these nutty, tasty treats are served as an afternoon snack with chai or coffee. One word of advice: Dont skip the freshly grated zest of orangeyou wont believe the difference it makes in these cookies. These cookies keep well at room temperature for at least 3 to 4 weeks if stored in an airtight jar.

Ingredients

All purpose flour 120 Gram (Plus Extra For Dusting Work Surface, 1 Cup)
Sugar 115 Gram (1/2 Cup)
Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
Shelled pistachios 110 Gram (1 Cup)
Grated orange zest 2 Teaspoon
Eggs 2 , beaten

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)

2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, pistachios and orange zest together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Place the eggs in the well and then fold them into the flour mixture to make a sticky dough.

3. Turn the dough out onto a clean floured surface. Divide the dough into two sections and, using your hands, roll each portion into a log approximately 1½ inches (3.75 cm) in diameter . Place the logs on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment, leaving approximately 3 inches (7.5cm) between each log to allow for spreading.

4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 275°F (135°C).

5. Remove the cookie logs from the cookie sheets and, with a sharp bread knife, cut each of the loaves into slices approximately ¼-inch (6-mm) wide. Lay the cookies on the cookie sheet, cut-side down, and return them to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, turning the cookies once until slightly brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on wire racks.

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Recipe Summary

Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 1213Calories from Fat 499

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 59 g90.8%

Saturated Fat 9 g45%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 536 mg22.33%

Total Carbohydrates 150 g50%

Dietary Fiber 12 g48%

Sugars 124 g

Protein 35 g70%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet