American Pistachio Biscotti

4 dozen.

1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 Eggs
2-3/4 cups Flour
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons Crushed anise seed
1 teaspoon Baking powder
Dash Salt
1 cup Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


Combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; blend thoroughly. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour, anise, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture. Stir in pistachios; mix well. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours. Divide dough into quarters; shape into 11 x 3 x 3/4-inch logs. Place on cookie sheets; bake 350° F. 20 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly. Cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices. Lay cut sides down on cookie sheets. Bake at 250° F. 25 minutes.
Serving Suggestion: Melt 1 (8 oz.) chocolate bar in double boiler; with pastry brush, apply one layer of chocolate to cut side of cookie. Finely chop an additional 1/2 cup of natural American pistachios. Sprinkle on cookies while chocolate is warm.

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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!