Friday, September 27, 2013

Pine Nut Cookies

This was another cookie recipe I made for the tailgate. And yet another one that I was nervous about. I mean, who puts pine nuts in cookies? All I know to use them for is pesto! These weren't as good as the Berry Lemon Cookies, but still very tasty! More of a shortbread cookie, so it's not chewy but the flavors are great!

Pine Nut Cookies-adapted from Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis
Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, fennel seed and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour and mix until just blended.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Unwrap the dough and cut it into 1/8-1/4 inch thick slices. Place on baking sheets and press the pine nuts decoratively atop the cookies. Bake cookies until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
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