Fennel Pistachio Cookies

  • Yield: 3


1cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
1 1/2cups sugar
1 egg
2tablespoons amaretto or almond extract
1tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2teaspoons fennel seeds
2cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon baking powder
1/2teaspoon salt
3/4cup pistachio nuts, chopped, plus extra for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar; mix well. Add egg; beat well. Add amaretto, lemon zest and fennel seeds; mix to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture; beat well. Stir in pistachio nuts (dough will be stiff).
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, flatten balls slightly and sprinkle with additional chopped pistachios. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to cooling racks and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board