Pistachio Cream Cheese Butter Cookies

3 dozen.

1/2 pound Butter or margarine, softened
6 ounces Cream cheese
2/3 cup Granulated sugar
1 Egg yolk
2-1/2 cups Flour
1 tablespoon Grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1/2 cup Whole shelled natural American pistachios, finely chopped


Cream butter with cream cheese and sugar until blended. Beat in egg yolk and then flour, lemon peel and juice and pistachios until mixed to a dough. If dough gets too stiff for mixer, work in the last of the flour by kneading on board. Shape (see below); bake on cookie sheets at 350° F.
Jamprints: Shape scant-tablespoon portions of dough into balls. Roll half the balls in additional finely chopped pistachios and leave other half plain. Bake about 14 minutes. After baking, flatten warm cookies by pressing a thumbprint or back of a teaspoon into center of each. Cool. Dust plain ones with sifted powdered sugar. Fill with jams or lemon curd.

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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!