White Choco American Pistachio Cookies

12 cookies -4 inches each

½ cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup softened butter at room temperature
1 whole egg
1 cup plus 1 tablespoons all-purpose white flour
1/3 cup oat flakes
2 ½ squares white chocolate cut into large pieces
1 cup chopped American pistachios
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar with a tablespoon until the mixture is smooth and soft; mix in the egg. In a smaller bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, oat flakes, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture, mixing completely after each addition. Incorporate the white chocolate and chopped pistachios into the dough; refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

When the dough has cooled, remove it from the refrigerator. Scoop out a third of a cup of dough; quickly roll into a ball and place it on a lined baking sheet. Slightly flatten the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

Bake in a 350°F for 10 minutes, until the cookies are golden and soft to the touch. Transfer the baked cookies to a cooling rack.

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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!