Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? We’re finally in the home stretch and my holiday baking is kicking into high gear. Each holiday season there are 5 to 6 cookies that I always make. Friends, family, and neighbors can count on getting Double Chocolate Treasures, Pecan Tassies and a few other favorites. Every year I try to mix things up a bit and try a couple of new cookie recipes. I think I have found a new favorite in these Chocolate Dunked Pistachio Shortbread Cookies. They encompass everything you want in a cookie. Biting into the tender butter cookie and getting that bit of sweet chocolate and crunch from the pistachios is total perfection.
When doing my holiday baking, it’s important that I have the right tools like a Stainless Steel Cookie Dropper from Good Cook, to ensure all of my cookies are the same size. As a Good Cook Kitchen Expert I am participating in the Goodcook.com Sweet Creations Cookie Exchange, and received some fabulous new baking supplies to share this recipe with you.
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 plus 1/3 cup raw unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Position a rack in center of the oven and preheat to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl using an hand mixer or in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add 1/2 cup pistachios and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.
Shape tablespoonfuls of dough into logs about 3 inches long. Place on baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch of room between each cookie. Bake until golden brown around edges, 18-20 minutes. Cool completely.
Put chopped chocolate in a double boiler set over barely-simmering water. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Place remaining 1/3 cup pistachios in a small shallow bowl. Dip one end of each cookie in the melted chocolate about 1-1 1/2 inches deep. Let excess chocolate drip back into bowl, then roll chocolate-coated end in chopped pistachios. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Let stand until chocolate has hardened, at least one hour. Cookies will keep in airtight container up to 1 week.
This recipe yields 1 1/2 dozen cookies and can easily be doubled.
Recipe Source: Food52
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