Pistachio Heart

Rating: 
Yield: 
50 hearts
Ingredients: 

1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cup spelt flour
4 tablespoons of baking soda
1 cup sugar
3 medium eggs
¾ cup canola oil
2/3 cup lemonade
¾ cup pistachios, shelled (half, coarsely chopped; the other half, finely chopped)

For decoration
Colored sugars
Red food coloring
Sugar heart
Chopped pistachios
Wooden or plastic sticks

Instructions: 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Turn dough onto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake in a hot oven about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a second parchment paper on top. Peal upper parchment paper off to remove crumbs and let the cake cool slightly.

Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 50 hearts. For more variation, choose different sized heart shapes or cut out with smaller forms the center of the heart.

For decoration make a viscous icing from powdered sugar and a little water and fill it in two dishes. For the pink icing pour red food coloring into one bowl. For the heart on a wooden stick option dip a wooden stick about ¼ inch thick into the frosting and insert into the heart-shaped cookie. Allow to dry. Spread the heart with icing and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and decorate sugar hearts. Allow to dry. Optionally, spread the back with frosting.

Preparation: 90 minutes - Cooking time: 20-25min

By German food blogger, Mara, www.maraswunderland.de

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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!