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.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons amaretto or almond extract
1 tablespoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped, plus extra for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°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.
4. 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.