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
- 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
- Set oven to 350F
- Cream the butter and the sugar together and beat in vanilla.
- Whisk flour, cornstarch, orange zest and pinch of salt together. Blend into butter and sugar until a dough forms.
- Stir in the pistachios until they are distributed throughout the dough.
- 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.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours.
- 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.
- Bake for about 10 minutes.. The cookies will be pale and soft, but will firm up as they cool.
- Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then cool completely on a baking rack.
1-1½ cup powdered sugar
Juice of 1 orange
- Whisk ingredients together. For a thicker glaze, add additional powdered sugar.
- Drizzle glaze over cookies.
- Allow glaze to set before serving.