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Orange Pistachio Cookies

I had never tried pistachios until I visited a friend who served me these cookies. I was in love! I made the recipe my own, and now my family can't get enough of them. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, toasted and finely chopped
  • ICING:
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Additional pistachios, toasted and finely chopped, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, orange zest and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Roughly shape each portion into a 7-in. roll along the long end of a 14x8-in. sheet of waxed paper. Tightly roll waxed paper over dough, using the waxed paper to mold the dough into a smooth roll. Securely wrap waxed paper-covered roll in plastic wrap; freeze 30 minutes or until firm, or refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet. Unwrap and roll each roll of dough in pistachios. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1/2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool slightly on pan. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, orange juice and butter until smooth. Spread over cookies. If desired, sprinkle with additional pistachios. Let stand until set.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 83 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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