This recipe brought to mind how many recipes I have from friends who have come from all over the world. Learning about traditions and especially food, has always given me a common link with these friends. I don't want to make a political statement about the recent events, but knowing people who have come to America for the same ideals that my ancestors did has made me sad when suddenly they were denied. Please try this recipe and see how wonderful it is, especially with a cup of tea on a chilly afternoon. Something I would have missed out on if I hadn't know my friends.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 T butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (icing sugar)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. Orange Extract
1 tsp. Orange juice
1 tsp. Lemon juice
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
30-35 shelled Pistachios
Preheat oven to 275F-degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a stand mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugars together thoroughly, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
Mix the extract and juice and blend together. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated. The dough should form a smooth mass. Add a bit more orange juice if it doesn't.
Pull off some of the dough, about 1 1/2-inches, and form into a ball. Roll the ball into a smooth 5-inch log.
Tapper the ends slightly and transfer to a baking sheet. Overlap logs into rings and where the ring overlaps, press a pistachio into each cookie.
Bake in the preheated oven for 27 to 30 minutes, or until the rings are slightly colored on the bottom.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for longer storage. These made for a lovely snack this afternoon. Enjoy!