Creative Holiday Cookies: Fennel Pistachio Cookies

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These Fennel-Pistachio Cookies are so delicious. I know it sounds a little strange, but the combination of fennel seeds, lemon zest, and amaretto, is incredible. See me on Tuesday morning CBS 42 in Birmingham on “Wake Up Alabama” between 6 and 7 a.m making Chipotle Chocolate Cookie as well as these and Cinnamon Chai cookies. I developed this recipe for http://butterisbest.com. Butter is great to use for holiday baking, especially cookies.

Fennel Pistachio Cookies

Welcome to my first blog where I will talk about great recipes that I have either created or love and are worth sharing. Check out this innovative cookie! You will love them! I promise! Let me know what you think. This recipe can also be found on www.allrecipes.com and features Real Butter.


Fennel Pistachio Cookies

“Butter makes this simple drop cookie soft and rich while pistachios give it an unexpected crunch. Lemon rind and fennel seeds round out the cookie with a citrusy-anise flavor.”

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PREP TIME  15 Min
COOK TIME  10 Min
READY IN  25 Min

SERVINGS: 36

  Nutritional Information

Fennel Pistachio Cookies

Servings Per Recipe: 36

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 124

  • Total Fat: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 111mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.9g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1.5g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto or almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped, plus extra for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 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. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.