American Pistachio Heart Cookies

3 ½ dozen cookies.

1 cup Butter or margarine, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Powdered sugar
1 Egg
½ teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Flour
2/3 cup Cornstarch
9 squares Semi-sweet chocolate
1/3 cup Chopped natural American pistachios


Cream butter and sugar until light. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Stir together flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture. Wrap dough and chill at least 1 hour. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness on floured board. Cut out cookies using a 2 ¼ to 2 ½ inch heart shaped cutter. In half of the cookies, cut a ¾ inch tiny heart out of the center. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 325° F. 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Melt chocolate; brush onto solid cookies. Top with cookie with cut-out. Sprinkle chopped pistachios into heart-shaped “hole”.

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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!