Pistachio Wedding Cookies by Chef Nancy Silverton

Cookies Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Bakers % Comments
Yiels 3-4 dozen 30-40 dozen
Pistachios¹ 165 g 1650 g 16.42 % 37.50 %
Pistachios² 60 g 600 g 5.97 % 13.64 % Roughly chopped
Butter, unsalted 230 g 2300 g 22.89 % 52.27 % Clarified
Vanilla, seeds 5 g 50 g 0.50 % 1.14 % 2 vanilla bean yield 5 g of scrapped seeds
Oil, vegetable 55 g 550 g 5.47 % 12.50 %
Rum, dark 30 g 300 g 2.99 % 6.82 %
Flour, All-purpose 440 g 4400 g 43.78 % 100.00 % Unbleached
Baking powder 15 g 150 g 1.49 % 3.41 %
Salt 5 g 50 g 0.50 % 1.14 %
Total 1005 g 10050 g 100.00 % 228.41 %

Sugar coating Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Comments
Sugar, granulated 300 g 3000 g 40.16 %
Cinnamon, ground 15 g 150 g 2.01 %
Cardamom, ground 1 g 10 g 0.13 %
Nutmeg 1 g 10 g 0.13 % Freshly grated
Sugar, powdered 200 g 2000 g 26.77 % Sifted
Flour, pistachio 230 g 2300 g 30.79 %
Total 747 g 7470 g 100.00 %


In a small bowl combine butter, oil and dark rum. Set aside. In a bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade add pistachios(1), flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add the butter-oil mixture in a slow, steady stream and mix until the dough is crumbly. Turn the dough out into a large mixing bowl. Fold in the reserved pistachios(2). Roll golf ball size pieces in between your palms. Place onto prepared baking sheets, 5 cm apart. Bake at 162⁰ C for about 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool just enough to handle. For the sugar coating, combine granulated sugar with the spices in a small bowl. Place sifted powdered sugar and pistachio flour in separate bowl. Toss the warm cookies first in the spiced granulated sugar, and then twice in the sifted powdered sugar.

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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!