Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies ... Make a special Christmas treat with a refreshing and light flavor. Lemon flavored butter cookies adorned with chopped pistachios to look like the festive Christmas wreaths.

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies
Makes : 30 cookies

Ingredients :

For Cookies :
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp.  fresh lemon juice
  • Extra flour ( about 1/4 cup ), plus more for rolling out the dough
For Icing :
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp.  to 1 tbsp.  fresh lemon juice
  • Hot water; as required
For Topping :
  • Pistachios, finely chopped; as required
  • Tutti frutti / candied cherries / dried black currants; as required

Method :
  • Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with beater / electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in yolks and lemon juice. Gradually mix in flour mixture; beat on low speed.
  • If the mixture is too soft, add extra flour; a tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together.
  • Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to ( 1/8 to 1/4 inch ) thick. Using a fluted cookie cutter, cut out wreaths.
  • Place 2" apart on paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  • While the cookies are chilling, preheat the oven to 180 C.
  • Remove cookies from refrigerator. Bake until they are just starting to turn golden around the edges ( about 10 to 12 minutes ).
  • Remove from baking sheets. Let cool completely on wire racks.
  • Stir together icing sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add hot water, a little at a time until thick enough to spread.
  • Dip surface of each cookie in icing or spoon icing evenly on top of cookies, letting it spread over the edges. 
  • Sprinkle with pistachios / Tutti frutti / candied cherries / dried black currants. Let set on wire racks.
  • Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.
Source : Recipe adapted from Martha

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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. Ambreen yar apki to kia hi baat hy..Mashaallah zbrdast baking krti ho ap hamesha and other cooking as well.. keep it up :)

    Ok I understand which cookies are these..ahem ahem.. so these were the cookies you were sending to me for the jar..?? hehe..delicious..

    1. Thanks Khadija, I'm flattered by your words. Wish I could send to you, they are all gone now :)

  2. Wow...Absolutely love this!!! Awesome n tempting...

  3. Super cute recipe and I luv the properties used. Lovely!!

  4. So simple and beautiful my friend :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. These are really cute looking cookies
    I love lemon flavor in cookies and I think these would also be great even without the topping :)

  6. Yum! Love lemon and pistachios!! These are very pretty!! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

  7. Nicely decorated! Great for any celebration....

  8. These are so cute and look absolutely delicious! I love lemons and pistachios so I'll have to try these out. Perfect for the holidays!

    Thanks for sharing on Sweet Saturday (I was the co-host this week).


  9. Ambreen these are gorgeous and I love pistachios. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  10. They look very pretty. I should try this flavor since my daughter is into pistachio eating these days.

  11. Love the idea of these, Ambreen. They're so pretty and festive.

    If you don't mind, I'd love if you would stop by and share these and any other dessert creations on Sugar & Slice Sunday weekly link party.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  12. wow! they look lovely Ambreen, I wish I had one right now to enjoy with my tea, regards!!! Magali

  13. hi ambreen. love the lemon cookies and i will pick the one with the most pistachios.. :)

  14. Very nice - headed over from Judy's - I'd love for you to come link up with our Kids in the Kitchen linky on Adventurez in ChildRearing - Pinned and shared your great wreath cookies!

  15. these look amazing, you did a great job :) thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :-)

  16. wowww these look amazing! soo festive i love it :)

  17. These are so pretty! I want to try these- is "icing sugar" the same as powdered sugar? Thanks for sharing this on Sweet Saturday ;)

  18. What a great idea for cookies Ambreen!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. These sound delicious, Ambreen. What a great combo of flavors!! I would love for you to link this post to my Tasty Thursdays linky party going on right now. Thanks, Nichi

  20. mouth is WATERING!

    if you have a moment and haven't already, hope you'll pop over to enter my giveaway for followers:

    smiles to you.


  21. Lemon and Pistachio are two of my favorite flavors. I would be happy to be your taste tester for all of these delicious cookies. :D

  22. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. Combination of two flavours I love the most. Your wreath is perfect Ambreen

  24. yummy yumy cookies..realy cute. ni e blog and interesting recipes.


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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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