Amazing Italian Pistachio Cookies
Oh man, these took me back! Way back to my childhood when we would visit relatives and there would always be a plate of Italian cookies out to eat. You may not know, given my pale complexion and blue eyes, but I’m actually half Italian. Hence, we visited a lot of Italian relatives that had said cookies. Italian cookies tend to be on the less sweet side. They also often have some kind of nuts in them (think amaretti) along with lemon. I can’t remember having these Italian Pistachio Cookies per say, but they have all the makings of a delicious Italian cookie.
I was inspired to make these after I had one from Forno Cultura on King Street. I’m working on a blog post for my day job and had to try cookies from there for the post. I heard they were good, but I didn’t expect the onslaught of zesty lemon and pistachio flavour, along with a huge dose of nostalgia. The texture was perfect – the ground nuts offered the slightest crunch to this chewy delight. As soon as I finished the cookie, I wanted another. Never one to deny myself a treat, I decided I HAD to try and recreate these cookies on the weekend.
Given that I had similar cookies growing up, and that I’ve gone to school for baking, I had a pretty good idea what would go in them. I just wanted a guide as a starting point for my recipe. As always, I turned to Pinterest and was able to find a recipe in a few minutes. I adapted this recipe, making a few minor changes. I was so happy with the results that I ate all 2 dozen cookies in two days. They’re that good! They’re also super easy to make, so you can whip up a batch in no time!
I was SO happy with how my Italian Pistachio cookies came out. They’re the perfect chewiness that you want from a cookie. Pistachio is also one of my favourite flavours so I was in heaven while eating these. The lemon complements the pistachios surprisingly well, and gives the cookies a ton of zesty flavour.
I’m already thinking of different nuts that I can use to make these cookies again. I think next time, I’m going to do hazelnuts and put in cocoa powder instead of lemon – they’ll be Nutella flavoured!
If you grew up eating Italian cookies as well, I’d love to hear about it.
Also, let me know if you’d try making these Italian Pistachio Cookies for yourself!