Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies: 12 Days of Cookies 2013

Day 11: Chai Spiced Pistachio Snowdrop Cookies
Wedding Cookies are one of my favorites during Christmas time.  From their snow covered elegance to their delicate taste, I love it all!  This recipe from Savory Simple is a great twist on the wedding cookie.  It has the delicious spiced flavor of the chai mixed with a bit of crunch from the pistachio topped with all the sugary goodness we all love about wedding cookies.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the final recipe!

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 1/2 ounces (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/4 ounces (1 1/4 cup) pistachio flour (see note)
  • Topping
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift the all purpose flour and salt together.
  4. Turn the mixer speed down to low and slowly add the pistachio flour followed by the all purpose flour. Scrape down the sides once or twice to make sure the dough is evenly mixed.
  5. Use a tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out cookies. Use your hands to roll each cookie into a ball.
  6. Chill the cookies for 15 minutes and then bake for 20 minutes. While the cookies are baking, sift together the topping ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Remove the cookies from the oven. While they're still warm, carefully coat each cookie in the sugar mixture and set aside to cool. Once the cookies have cooled (about 15-20 minutes), toss them again in the sugar mixture.
You can order pistachio flour online if it's not available in your local store. Almond flour, which is available in most grocery stores, may be substituted for the pistachio flour. You can also making your own pistachio flour by grinding roasted unsalted pistachios in a food processor.

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