Holiday Pistachio Cutouts

During Hanukkah, it's a tradition to partake in homemade treats. These specially shaped shortbread-style cookies help pass the tradition to the next generation.

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  • Makes: 30 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Chill: 1 hr
  • Bake: 18 mins to 22 mins 325°F
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Holiday Pistachio Cutouts
Ingredients
1 1/4
3
tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2
cup margarine (at least 80 percent vegetable oil)
1/3
1
cup sifted powdered sugar
1
tablespoon orange juice
1/4
teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and sugar. Using a pastry cutter, cut in margarine until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Stir in pistachios. Form mixture into ball. Knead just until smooth. Wrap dough. Chill for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough into a 10x6-inch rectangle. Cut the dough with decorative 2-inch cookie cutters or slice into thirty 2x1-inch strips. Place cut shapes or strips 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on sheet 5 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; cool for 30 minutes.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and vanilla. Stir in additional juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the icing reaches piping consistency. If desired, tint a portion of the icing with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired with icing. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes 30 cookies.
Nutrition Facts (Holiday Pistachio Cutouts)
    Per serving:
  • 71 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 36 mg sodium,
  • 9 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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