Apricot-pistachio Pinwheels

4 ½ dozen.

1 cup Chopped dried apricots
¾ cup Water
1/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
½ cup Chopped shelled natural American pistachios
½ cup Butter or margarine, softened
½ cup each Sugar and packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 ¾ cups Flour
½ teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Salt


Combine apricots, water, sugar and lemon peel; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until apricots are tender and mixture is thickened. Cool slightly; add pistachios. Cream butter and sugars; add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; blend in. Divide dough in half; roll to 10 x 8 inches between sheets of waxed paper. Spread with half of apricot mixture. Using waxed paper to lift, roll dough tightly jellyroll fashion from wide edge; repeat with remaining dough and apricot mixture. Wrap and chill thoroughly. With sharp knife cut into ¼ inch slices. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 400° F. 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!