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.