Monster Cookies

Rating: 
Yield: 
about 24 cookies
Ingredients: 

1 ¼ cup American pistachios, shelled
1 ½ cup flour
1 cup sugar
125 g butter
1 egg
¾ cup Nougat
48 small, white chocolate drops
½ cup dark chocolate

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350° F (320° F, convection oven).

Peel the American pistachios; finely grind with flour, sugar, butter and egg and knead all together until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Roll out the dough up to a thickness of ¼-inch; cut out round cookies to 4 inches, put the cookies on a lined; bake at 350 ° F (320° F. convection oven) 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Leave cookies to cool on the wire rack .

Melt nougat in the top of a double boiler, spread half of the cookies with nougat and cover each with another cookie.

Also melt chocolate in a double boiler. Set on the top two small blobs of chocolate and a white chocolate drop as eye lens on it. Draw a pupil and eyebrows with the melted chocolate. Dry the cookies and serve them.

Preparation time: 65 minutes
Baking time: 12-15 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour

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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!