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Monday, November 24, 2008

Fennel Pistachio Cookies

I have found my new favorite cookie recipe!! This recipe was in an ad for real butter and the cookies are amazing. Even Dan liked them and he's a big fennelphobe. I actually never told him that they had fennel in them, so he'll read it here first. The recipe is simple and other than the nuts, I had all the ingredients at home. Set out a plate of these for the holidays and watch them disappear.

Fennel Pistachio Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp. amaretto
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup pistachio nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add egg; beat well. Add amaretto, lemon zest and fennel seeds; mix to combine.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture; beat well. Stir in nuts.
Shape into 1 inch balls, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks and cool completely. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

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