Lemon Pistachio Biscotti

Author: Canadian Living

Crispy cookies studded with crunchy pistachios are decorated with a sweet lemon drizzle. To speed up preparation, purchase shelled pistachios at bulk-food stores or ask the family to help hull them.

  • Portion size 80 servings
  • Credits : Holiday Best: 2000

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shelled salted pistachio nuts
Lemon Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (approx) lemon juice

Method

Line rimless baking sheets with parchment paper, or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then lemon rind and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt ; stir into butter mixture. Stir in pistachio nuts.

Divide dough into quarters; with floured hands, shape each into log about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Place 2, about 4 inches (10 cm) apart, on each prepared pan; with hands, flatten to about 3 inches (8 cm) wide, leaving slightly rounded top.

Bake in top and bottom thirds of 325°F (160°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, for 30 minutes or until firm and just turning golden. Let cool on pan on rack for 10 minutes. Transfer to cutting board; using serrated knife, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices. Stand slices upright on same pans. Return to oven; bake, rotating and switching pans halfway through, for 30 to 40 minutes or until dry and crisp. Transfer, cut sides up, to rack set on waxed paper; let cool.

Lemon Drizzle: Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk icing sugar with enough lemon juice to create smooth liquid; drizzle over cookies. (Make-ahead: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or overwrap and freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 77 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 99.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 22 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 13 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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