Pesto Cookies

Pesto Cookies
Staff Writer
Frank Anzalone

Inspired by the sauce from Genoa that may dress pasta or pizza, the cookie I’ve named Pesto is a savory, with walnuts and orange zest adding a twist on tradition. Fresh basil gives a bright finish to this shortbread-like cookie.

12
Servings
212
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped basil, plus extra whole basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks until blended. Mix in the orange juice, zest, and basil.

Mix together the flour, walnuts, and Parmesan in a small bowl and add to the butter mixture. Beat until just incorporated.

Form the dough into a log (about 2 inches in diameter) and wrap in parchment paper. Press the log on the counter to form a rectangular shape rather than a round shape. Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the dough into ¼-inch-thick rectangles and place 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet.

Use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut small decorative basil leaf and press onto each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are light golden brown. Let sit for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
32g
25%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
109mg
11%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
61µg
15%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
13mg
4%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
115mg
16%
Selenium, Se
12µg
22%
Sodium, Na
311mg
21%
Water
14g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.