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Pistachio & Lemon Bites

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I made these for a random casual dinner party last night. A lovely bunch of people gathered at Iron Chef Jason's house for a lovely dinner of pasta and Bondi Vet.
Whilst I'm sorry that the gluten free and vegan guests couldn't try these, they were a bit hit with everyone else.


It was a bit pain staking shelling 150 grams of pistachio nuts. So I shelled a few more grams to reward myself for the hard work.

Whilst the biscuit itself isn't very sweet, it's the icing sugar that brings the main sweetness to it. So make sure you smother it in icing sugar. The recipe says to "dust" with the icing sugar, but you actually need to rub the icing sugar all over the biscuit and then dust.

The lemon rind makes it a little bit refreshing too. You can easily eat more than one in a sitting! Perfect with a cup of my favorite, Earl Grey tea.


Pistachio & Lemon Bites

Donna Hay

300g butter, softened
3 tablespoon caster sugar
150g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
2 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1 tablespoon lemon rind
icing sugar for dusting

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 4 minutes or until light and creamy.

2. Add the pistachios and beat for 2 minutes. Fold through the flour and lemon rind and mix until will combined.

3. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls, place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, flatten slightly and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar.

Makes 30.

Voila! Bon App├ętit!

4 comments:

These remind me of a greek almond shortbread but with pistachios and a lemon flavour. Are they similar at all? Or am I just reminded as they are dusted with icing sugar. They look great!

Hi Lorraine!
Does the Greek almond shortbread melt in your mouth? This one is pretty similar, but I expected it to melt in the mouth more. The icing sugar made me think the same thing to be honest =) I'm in love with them, ate waaaaay to many again today! hehe
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I think it's kind of international bites, we have here pistachios melt in your mouth bites w/out the lemon tang, but I guess w/ lemon is better, no? :)

I made these today and they are AWESOME. i have to say, for my second attempt at baking I thought I'd mess up but they're foolproof! so thank you so much. I'm so motivated to bake more now.. :D

and the fragrance of the lemon really carries through the whole cookie - it just melts in your mouth and the lemonyness just whooofs into your whole mouth.

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