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Pistachio Jewel Cookies

Pistachio Jewel CookiesFestive thumbprint cookies coated in finely chopped pistachios with glistening, jewel-like jelly centers.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
1/4 cup jelly of choice (or buttercream frosting)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and salt; mix thoroughly. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes or until dough hardens.
  2. Shape dough into small balls. Beat egg white until foamy; dip balls in egg white, then roll in chopped pistachios. Place on ungreased baking sheet; make deep indentation in each cookie.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven; cool. Fill indentation with jelly or butter icing of your choice.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.