Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pistachio-Rosewater Cookies



I auditioned these cookies at Mark's big show last night. They were a big hit. The recipe comes from a cookbook I've been obsessed with for a while...in fact, I mock threatened Mark that I was going to break up with him if he didn't get it for me last Christmas. As I remember, I got it for myself a little early because I couldn't wait.

I ran into some rosewater during one of my Indian grocery store visits and I knew just what to do with it. Here's the recipe lifted straight from Veganomicon:

1¼ cups sugar
½ cup canola oil
3 Tbsp. rice or soy milk
1 Tbsp. rosewater
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
¼ cup cornstarch
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cardamom
½ cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with vegan shortening or margarine.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, rice or soy milk, rosewater, vanilla, lime juice, and zest. Add the cornstarch and whisk until dissolved. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. Mix well.
3. Roll the dough into balls about 2 teaspoons in size (a bit smaller than a walnut) and dip the tops into the chopped pistachios. Press down with two fingers; the dough will flatten a bit and the pistachios will collect on the bottom.
4. Place the cookies, nut side up, about 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. You should be able to fit 16 on a standard baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes; they will be soft but will firm up as they cool.
5. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely before serving.

My experience when making these was quite comical. I returned home from two different grocery stores to discover that I was out of sugar. After a quick trip to Kroger, I was faced with difficult machines and bottles that refused to open even with one of those rubber opener deals. I just wanted to quit....but these were good. Not too perfumey as some adaptations have turned out.

Ironically, there was another gal at the show serving vegan chili and cornbread. I let her know quickly that I enjoyed a bloody steak, but I am sensitive to her endeavor.

2 comments:

Grass-Fed Beef said...

I must say the ingredient list for these cookies is much different than my standby recipe. How do they taste? I can't even imagine with the lime and rosewater.

PS Amen to that bloody steak!

steph said...

these were the best cookies ever. i am not kidding when i say you should open a restaurant! xoxo