Pistachio Florentine Cookies

Rating: 
Yield: 
24 to 30 Florentines.
Ingredients: 

3 tablespoons Butter or margarine
½ cup Heavy cream
2/3 cup Sugar
1 ¼ cups Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped
½ cup Candied orange peel, finely chopped
1/3 cup Candied red cherries, finely chopped
6 tablespoons Flour
1/3 to ½ cup Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Finely chopped American pistachios

Instructions: 

In medium-size saucepan, melt butter. Add cream and sugar; bring to boil. Remove from heat; stir in pistachios, orange peel, cherries and flour. Spread mixture to approximately 17 x 11 inch rectangle on well-greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° F. 3 to 5 minutes longer or until firm enough to lift off baking sheet. Florentines should not be crispy at this point. Cool on baking rack until firm and crisp. Melt chocolate morsels over low heat. Spread thin layer of chocolate on backsides of each Florentine to cover half or entire surface. Sprinkle with finely chopped pistachios or run a fork across chocolate to make lines.

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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!