I’ve been doing lots and lots of cakes recently so I decided to make cookies today instead. A couple of weeks ago I made some chunky chocolate chip cookies – a regular recipe but I doubled the amount of chocolate chunks which resulted to cookie nirvana. I still can taste it in my mind. That good. But today, I wanted to make something different.
Wanna see? Here it is! Saffron Pistachio Cookies.
I got it from Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s book, Demolition Desserts. I love her book, when I get to go to San Francisco, I definitely will eat at Citizen Cake. She must have loved Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane so much she named her restaurant after it.
Anyway, as I was browsing the book, a dessert named Rosebud caught my attention. Just to note, “Rosebud” is the dying words of Charles Forster Kane, the protagonist from Citizen Kane. Back to “Rosebud” the dessert, it basically consists of rose custard, caramel crisps, and saffron pistachio cookies. I am definitely interested in the cookies. After all, saffron is something you rarely use to make cookies, right?
Saffron Pistachio Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts
2 tablespoon refined sugar
(1) Melt 1/4 cup butter, add saffron threads. Stir once or twice. Remove from heat and let it cool.
(2) In a bowl, dry whisk flour and salt. In another bowl, cream together remaining 1/4 cup butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add egg until well combined.
(3) In a food processor, grind pistachios and refined sugar until fine. Add the pistachio mixture to the butter mixture until just combined.
(4) Add flour in two batches. Divide dough into 2 and roll into log, roll in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
(5) Cut dough into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices.
(6) Arrange slices in cookie sheets.
(7) Bake for 12 minutes.
These cookies are best enjoyed while still warm. I love that they are savory, chunky and nutty. Not sweet at all. A welcome break from all the sweet goodies I have been making the past weeks 🙂
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