Pistachio Cookies By Najmieh Batmanglij

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Yield: 
20 Pieces.
Ingredients: 

Dough:
4 cups raw pistachio kernels, ground
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons rose water
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Garnish:
1/4 cup raw pistachio kernels, chopped
2 tablespoons dried rose petals, crushed
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)

Instructions: 

Place the oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, sugar, salt, and rose water until frothy. Fold in the pistachios and cardamom with a rubber spatula until a soft dough is formed. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop up some of the dough (about 1 1/2 teaspoons). Drop it on the baking sheet. Continue, leaving 2 1/2 inches between each piece for expansion. Decorate each piece with a few pistachio kernels and rose petals. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges.
Remove baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet using an offset spatula. Serve or store in an airtight glass container.

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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!