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Fennel Pistachio Cookies

Fennel Pistachio CookiesA fabulous, fragrant butter cookie with sophisticated appeal and taste.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons amaretto or almond extract
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped, plus extra for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add egg; beat well. Add amaretto, lemon zest and fennel seeds; mix to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture; beat well. Stir in pistachio nuts (dough will be stiff).
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, flatten balls slightly and sprinkle with additional chopped pistachios. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to cooling racks and cool completely.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.