American Pistachios Kourabiedes

Rating: 
Yield: 
170 pieces @ 1.75 oz / 50 g
Ingredients: 
Batter g/ml lbs./oz Baker's % Yield % Notes
Butter, unsalted 2722 g 6 lbs 75.01 % 31.75 %
Sugar, powdered 1247 g 2 lbs 12 oz 34.36 % 14.55 %
American Pistachios 907 g 2 lbs 24.99 % 10.58 % chopped
Vanilla, extract 10 ml 2 tsp 0.28 % 0.12 %
Baking powder 57 g 2 oz 1.57 % 0.66 %
Pastry flour 3629 g 8 lbs 100.00 % 42.34 %
Rosewater as needed
Sugar, powdered for dusting
Total 8572 g 18 lbs 14 oz 236.21 % 100.00%


Instructions: 

Combine the butter (room temperature), sugar and vanilla and cream on second speed with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Sift the pastry flour with the baking powder. Add the pastry flour, baking powder as well as the almonds and mix on first speed until fully incorporated. Shape into 1.75 oz/ 50 g round cookies and place on a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Press a “thump print” into each cookie. Bake at 375ºF until lightly brown, +- 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spray lightly with rosewater. Cool completely before dusting generously with powdered sugar. Cookies can be stacked and additional powdered sugar should be used for each layer of cookies.

Notes
Kourabiedes are traditional Greek shortbread cookies coated with powdered sugar. This is one of the two kinds of confection that are traditionally consumed in large quantities in Greece during the holiday season (the other is melomacarona), but they are made for all festive occasions. As a quick lesson in Greek, “kourabiedes” (pronounced “kou-ra-bi-ETH-es”, is the plural of the word “kourabies” (kou-ra-bi-ES). Round “thumb print” cookies and crescent shapes are commonly known

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!