A centerpiece you can eat? Sure. Try dressingyour holiday table with this impressive cookie tree and you’llhave dessert prepared ahead of time.
Recipe: Pistachio CookieTree
1 1/2 pounds butter or margarine broughtto room temperature
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
4 teaspoons pistachio or almond extract
7 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups natural California pistachios, finely chopped for dough
2 tubes white decorating icing (4.24 ounces each)
1 cup natural California pistachios, finely chopped for decoration
In-shell pistachios, for tree top decoration
Makes about 20 cookies.
*Suggested measurements: Cookie “clouds”:Roughly 6 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, and 4 inches across.
Dowel: 10 inches high, 1/4 inch thick;
**Wooden base: 8 inches wide, with 1/4 inch hole in center.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof the California Pistachio Board.
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