Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches

9 ice cream sandwiches.

3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter or margarine
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Orange zest
2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Chopped natural American pistachios
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1-1/2 quarts Ice cream, softened
3 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate, melted


Cream sugar and butter; beat in egg and orange zest. Combine flour, pistachios, baking powder and salt; stir into creamed mixture and mix thoroughly. Roll dough to 9-inch square on lightly floured board or on waxed paper. Cut into 2-1/2 to 3-inch squares. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350 ° F. oven 8 to 10 minutes or until cookie is just set. Transfer to cooling rack. Spread softened ice cream in foil-lined 9-inch square pan; cover and freeze until firm. To assemble, brush underside of cookie with melted chocolate. Cut ice cream into 3-inch squares. Sandwich each ice cream square between chocolate-coated sides of 2 cookies. Wrap and refreeze if made ahead.

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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!