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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Pistachios take center stage at Piccione. The cafe uses pistachios with wild abandon in their cannolis. You can enjoy the Tuesday Half-priced Cannoli Call.  Or, you can enjoy Pistachio Shortbread Cookies. The chefs gave us the recipe. First, here are some tips for eating the perfect pistachio.

• Get creative! When baking at home, throw the nuts in pastries, cakes, cookies, fudge, cupcakes and more! Try a variety of recipes-this nut is sure to please!
• When purchasing pistachios, select unblemished, large, dark-green nuts for the best quality.
• Store pistachios in an airtight container- in the refrigerator- to keep them fresh for several months.
• Pistachios can be briefly dipped in boiling water before cooking to remove their skin before use.
• Roasted and salted nuts are best used as a snack with alcoholic drinks. Plain, unsalted pistachios are best used for baking.

Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks, (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole pistachios
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar together and beat in vanilla.
  3. Whisk flour, cornstarch, orange zest and pinch of salt together. Blend into butter and sugar until a dough forms.
  4. Stir in the pistachios until they are distributed throughout the dough.
  5. Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and form it into a log, about 10 inches long. Wrap the dough in the plastic, smooth into a uniform shape, and twist the ends to secure.
  6. Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours.
  7. Slice dough into 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

*Note: thin slices will bake crispier cookies while thick slices will be more buttery and soft.

  1. Bake for about 10 minutes.. The cookies will be pale and soft, but will firm up as they cool.
  2. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then cool completely on a baking rack.

 

Orange Glaze

Ingredients:

1-1½ cup powdered sugar

Juice of 1 orange

 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk ingredients together. For a thicker glaze, add additional powdered sugar.
  2. Drizzle glaze over cookies.
  3. Allow glaze to set before serving.