Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pistachio Thumb Print Cookies

It felt like winter had settled in to an unwelcome stay so when the sun beamed in to my kitchen at the start of spring i new it was time to break out the new baking trays, dust off the spring recipes and put my apron on.

placing a thumbprint on to the cookies
It was collection day in my mum's neighborhood and nothing excites me more than sifting through old wood, reviving them and breathing new life to its potential. The notion of possibility has been at the forefront of my mind in the last few weeks and by viewing things with its potential or 'possibility' has deepened my appreciation for the decisions i once regretted.

sifting icing sugar on the thumbprint cookies
While the last month has been a 'time out' from my usual routine, i managed to muster a few recipes to share, the first being these cookies. The inspiration stems from the Chinese peanut cookies which i used to eat during Chinese new year and i decided to recreate it with fresh pistachios from the market.

stacked thumbprint cookies
The result is a soft 'melt in your mouth' cookie with the crunch of pistachio and a buttery flavor which will give you a reason to hide the cookie jar!

Items You Need:

- 180 grams butter (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of self raising flour
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 1/3 cup of pistachios (using a food processor to whizz in to a powder form)
- A handful of whole pistachios to place on top of each cookie

What's Next?

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a tray with baking paper and set aside

2. Using an electric mixer combine the sugar and butter together till creamy. Add the egg and beat thoroughly

3. Stir in the flours and the pistachios till the mixture is thick and forms a dough like form

4. Use a table spoon to spoon the mixture and roll in to a ball place on the tray and using your thumb press gently in the center of the cookie to form a 'thumb print' and top with a whole pistachio. Be sure to do this gently otherwise you will end up with a wide and thin cookie!

5. Once you have rolled and thumb printed all the cookies place in to the oven for 10-15minutes or until the cookie is brown. Set aside to cook and sift icing sugar on top.



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