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Pistachio-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 44 cookies
Prep 35 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 375°F 7 mins  per batch
Pistachio-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 3  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 1  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  egg
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded orange or lemon peel (optional)
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped lightly salted pistachio nuts
Directions

1. In a large bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. If desired, stir in orange peel.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a roll about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Place pistachio nuts on a sheet of waxed paper. Roll each roll in pistachio nuts. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to slice.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut rolls into 1/4-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

From the Test KitchenTo Store:
  • Place rolls of cookie dough in a resealable freezer bag. Seal, label, and freeze for up to 2 months. To store baked cookies, layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts (Pistachio-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies)
  • cal. (kcal) 72,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 12,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 9,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • sugar (g) 3,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 16,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 50,
  • Potassium (mg) 27,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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