I usually do not do a lot of baking for Eid but this Eid I decided to make some cookies. I made a few different batches and I will share the other recipes with you later on when I get some more time. I bought some mini cookie cutters from Wilton a few months ago and I finally got to use them with this recipe. Arabic cookies are always really small and never like the big cookies have we in the West. These are pretty much like a sugar cookie with pistachios and cardamom. I made half of the batch plain and then I sprinkled some green sugar (which I made from course brown sugar and green dye) on top. They were the perfect mix for those who like sweet and those (like my husband) who do not. I hope each one of you all is having a blessed Eid!
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup ground pistachios
1 cup flour (maybe a bit more)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
dash baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1. In a large mixing bowl add butter and sugar, mix until fluffy. Add egg, mix. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom and pistachios, mix well. Add flour, mix until a soft dough has formed.
2. Place dough in a plastic bag and place in freezer for 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350F. On a non-stick mat carefully roll out dough (not to thin or thick) and with mini cookie cutters cut dough.
3. Place cookies on a non-stick baking mat in the oven for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden on the bottoms. Cool and serve.
*In China pistachios are known as ‘happy nut’.