Monday, December 23, 2013

I'm a Bit Smitten


     I've been in the kitchen making all kinds of cookies this past week and I had to share my favorite of this year's bunch. I found this recipe in Land O Lakes cookie recipe collection for 2009. These Christmas Pistachio Bites are just perfect. I've used tons of walnuts and pecans in cookie recipes, but this is the first time I've used pistachios. The green color of the nut adds a bit of extra pizzazz!

     The dough for these cookies is rolled into a log and refrigerated until firm. The cookies are then sliced to give the round, "coin" shape.


Here's what you need:
1 cup Land O Lakes butter (Anything with a cup of butter has to be good!)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios ( I found mine at Whole Foods. You want the unsalted and shelled varitey.)

Mix the butter and brown sugar and beat at a medium speed until creamy. Add the flour and extracts; mix until dough forms. Mix in the pistachios until evenly distributed.

Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 10" log. Wrap each log into plastic food wrap and refrigerate for 3 hrs. or overnight.
Heat your oven to 350 and slice each log into 1/4" slices. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

Frosting:
 6 oz. almond bark
1 tsp. shortening
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
parchment paper

Microwave the almond bark and shortening until melted and smooth.
Dip each cookie halfway into the warm coating, shake off the excess and place on the parchment paper. Immediately decorate with pistachios.

You can't go wrong with these!
 The plates are from Anthropologie. I couldn't resist! (Calligrapher Canape Plate)

Until later,

Alma


9 comments:

  1. Look and sound delicious. I may not get to make them for Christmas, but certainly will as soon after.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love pistachios so this recipe sounds like a winner to me. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Just when I thought I was done baking.....Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you & family!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I will definitely have to make these! Look delicious!
    Happy Holidays to you! I am enjoying a few of your designs over the holidays too!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you for the recipe! They sound delicious. I'm always on the lookout for delicious cookie recipes especially ones that come recommended! The best of the season to you...I've been following you for years.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. I read your post before making my final shopping run. Made the dough Christmas Eve afternoon and baked Christmas morning. They were a hit - everybody wants the recipe!

    Happy New Year!
    Vicki

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the cookie recipe!! I'm a collector of good cookie recipes and this one is definitely a keeper. We all loved the cookies. A big hit at my house!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Yammy . so nice and delicious looking food, can i have some .. hah aha. <a href="http://ticketbroker.jimdo.com" rel="dofollow> Brandon </a>

    ReplyDelete
  9. It look's like it is easy to bake and kids will surely love this.Thanks for the recipe and for the guidelines.

    ReplyDelete