Pistachio Cookie Cups With Pistachio Ice Cream

7 servings.

2 tablespoon Each softened butter or margarine, sugar and packed brown sugar
¼ cup Finely chopped shelled natural American pistachios
¼ cup Flour
½ teaspoon Grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon Salt
Pistachio Ice Cream
Chocolate Sauce
Chopped pistachios (for garnish)

Pistachio Ice Cream: Place 1 cup coarsely chopped pistachios in flat dish; spoon ¼ cup Chocolate Sauce over pistachios. Stir to coat thoroughly; separate pieces as much as possible. Chill ½ hour. Soften 1 quart vanilla ice cream; stir in chilled chocolate covered pistachios. Freeze at least 2 hours.

Chocolate Sauce: Combine ¼ cup light corn syrup, 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate morsels and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine over low heat; stir until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in 1 tablespoon milk and ¼ teaspoon vanilla.


Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar; beat in egg. Add pistachios, flour, orange peel and salt. With back of spoon, spread 2 tablespoons dough to 5 to 6 inch circle on greased cookie sheet. Bake 2 cookies at a time at 350° F. 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove immediately and shape over bottom of inverted custard cup or glass with 2 ½ inch bottom. Repeat with remaining dough. Scoop Pistachio Ice Cream into cookie cups; top with Chocolate Sauce and garnish with pistachios if desired.

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fun facts

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!