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Pistachio Shamrock Cookies

Pistachio Shamrock CookiesThe look of these cookies is Irish, but the flavors—lime and pistachio—are pure California. Enjoy them for St. Patrick's Day or at any time you feel a sweet treat might come in handy.

Recipe Ingredients:

Cookies:
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 cup finely chopped pistachios

Lime Icing, (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Cookies: Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg. Stir in flour and lime peel; mix in pistachios. Refrigerate dough 1 hour. Roll out dough ¼-inch thick; cut shapes with shamrock-shaped cookie cutter*.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  3. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned; cool. Pipe lime icing to outline cookies.
  4. For Lime Icing: Combine butter, powdered sugar, milk and lime peel in a medium bowl. Mix until smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

*Tip: If shamrock-shaped cookie cutter is not available, cut out shamrock pattern from a piece of heavy paper and cut cookie dough using pattern and sharp knife. Or cut with 2 to 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter and pipe icing in shamrock shape on cookies after baking.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the California Pistachio Commission.