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Pistachio Orange Drops Recipe

These shaped sugar cookies are topped with melted chocolate and chopped pistachios, making them a pretty treat for special occasions.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:27 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix well. Set aside 3 tablespoons pistachios for topping; stir remaining pistachios and orange peel into dough.
  • 2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1-1.2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
  • 3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway, allowing excess to drip off. Dip in reserved pistachios. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 175 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.