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Old 12-14-2010, 01:09 PM   #21
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Thanks for this! I wonder what the difference is in letting the cookies stand for 2 hours and THEN baking them???
Maybe I will try these....lol...I bought pistachios in the shell...cheaper. My husband can shell them for me, but he has to do it in front of me because he'll eat half of them! Oh yeah...you can call me Clara :o)

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:56 AM   #22
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Oh I wish I would have seen that recipe two days ago... serves me right for not coming online! I had found another recipe online and modified it. I've never had Mike's pistachio macaroons but they sounded really good. Someone had said you use cherry extract to flavor them, so I went with that. They turned out pretty good, and different - a nice dunkable cookie. I think, actually, worth experimenting to make a long thin cookie or even try and make a biscotti shaped one... we'll see.

Anyway here's the recipe I used with my modifications:

7 oz ground pistachios
1 C sugar
3/4 tsp cherry extract
3/4 tsp almond extract
zest from 1 lemon
1 egg white
1/4 cup almond paste

Mix all ingredients well (I used a kitchenaid) until it forms a thick green paste (i also added food coloring).

Separately, whip 3 egg whites. Crumble the pistachio mixture into the kitchenaid and blend well. I tried to fold them in but thought it was futile so I whipped it as much as I could with the whisk on the kitchenaid.

Separately, mix 1 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Fold into the pistachio/egg white mixture.

Roll the dough by tablespoons in powdered sugar, then place on a prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350* for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.

Couple things I'd do differently - I'd not use all ground nuts, but save some out with bigger chunks to mix in. You could also roll them in chopped nuts. I tested baking some rolling in the sugar first and some rolling in the sugar after baking, and liked them rolled in the sugar first the best due to texture.

And I am definitely going to try and develop this recipe into a biscotti recipe. The texture is very dunkable, I think, but we will have to see.

Next on the ticket I will try the other recipe that was posted!

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Old 12-19-2010, 04:14 AM   #23
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I made these for an early Christmas Dinner last night and they turned out "practically perfect in every way"!! They looked exactly like the pic in the original post of this thread. And they tasted awesome! I used the recipe from Yahoo Answers in post#2 but changed it a bit. They are labor intensive so I think Mike's price of $15 per pound is a fair deal!

Almond-Pistachio Macaroons Recipe

2 8-oz. cans almond paste
(on sale for Christmas right now at Harris Teeter)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 egg whites, at room temperature
1 1/2 t. vanilla
pinch of salt
Green Food Dye
1 C. shelled unsalted pistachio nuts, finely chopped
(I coarsely chopped them)

Position racks in the top third and center (I switched to bottom third so the bottoms would cook better) of the oven and preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. (I didn't have parchment paper and subed aluminum foil...and learned why that's not a good idea haha)

Combine almond paste and granulated sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade (I didn't have that so used my hands which worked well). On low speed, mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 2 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until well-combined, about 1 minute. Add egg whites, vanilla and salt and about 5(?) drops of green food coloring. Increase speed to medium and mix just until combined (dough will be wet and sticky). Mix in a generous 1/3 cup of pistachios. Place remaining pistachios in a small bowl.

Using a level tablespoon for each, roll dough into balls. Dip each ball into reserved pistachios to coat one side (I spread all the dough out onto an 11 X 14 cooking sheet, sprinkled coarsely chopped pistachios on the top, and then after baking I moved the entire thing to a cutting board and sliced with a pizza cutter into 1 1/2" squares). Arrange cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets with pistachio sides up, pressing cookies slightly so they adhere to the paper. Bake until tops of macaroons are evenly colored and bottoms are smooth and golden brown (use a metal spatula to remove a test cookie from the sheet), 25 to 30 minutes (Since I didn't do tiny cookies like this recipe, but rather baked as you would brownies, I had to increase the amount of cooking time significantly...about an extra 15 minutes...cooled and then cut with a pizza cutter). Cool macaroons on the sheets. Gently pull macaroons off parchment paper. (I lightly rolled the cookie bars in powdered sugar but next time I'll try rolling in the powdered sugar BEFORE they cook) (Macaroons can be stored up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature.)

Makes about 30 cookies.

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:08 AM   #24
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replying to mollyanne & added candy recipes

You know, I made some more last night, trying to "fix" the recipe. They still came out more flat & round. I added bkg. powder & flour, but the dough way way too sticky for me to roll, so I'd just sprinkle flour on top as I'd scoop them up with a scooper.
Now, you added no flour, right? Did you try rolling them? Why did you spread them onto a cookie sheet instead? and did they puff up? By now, I think these cookies have cost me at least $75!
oh yes...I added almond and cherry flavoring, too.
I am planning to make some candies today...nothing that requires a candy thermometer! One of them is the one you use a square pretzel & top it with a rolo candy. Put those on a cookie sheet & bake in a 300 oven for about 3 min. Take out & top with a pecan. You can used glazed pecans if you want.
The other one's are for candy bark made with slatines & pretzel sticks with caramel & chocolate!
And another one from a girl I know on an art group!
Candy Bark
Preheat oven to 400
1. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil & butter the foil. Then line with 1 pkg. saltine crackers.
2. In saucepan, melt 2 sticks butter & 1 cup white sugar. When mixture starts to boil, start timing & boil for exactly 3 minutes, being careful not to burn butter.
3. Pour butter & sugar mixture over saltines. Bake exactly 5 minutes. Take out & sprinkle with 1 large bag chocolate chips. When chocolate starts to melt, spread around & sprinkle with chopped nuts & cut up right away. Cut up as if it were bark..uneven.
notes: I didn't line the cookie shies with foil, just buttered them very good & it was fine. You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, white chocolate mixed & swirled with either of the other chocolates. I did one with white chocolate & cranberries. Also, for the nuts, I used walnuts on some & sliced almonds on another. I think they are better with the slated crakers, but that is a preference.
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Candy Pretzels

1 1/2 boxes pepperidge Farm pretzel sticks, or any brand ...not the really thin one's, though.
1 bag of Kraft caramels, unwrapped
2 TBls. milk
1 Tbl. margarine
small bag or less of milk chocolate chips

Place caramels in microwave proof bowl & microwave until melted. Place waxed paper on cookie sheets & butter VERY well, or you'll never get the caramel coated pretzels off!
Dip one end of pretzels into melted caramel. Place on buttered waxed paper. Let set.
Melt chocolate & dip caramel end into that & replace on buttered waxed paper.

You can sprinkle with chopped nuts if you want.
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Amaretto Bon Bons
In the top of a double boiler heat over barely simmering water 6 oz of semisweet bits with 3 Tablespoons of corn syrup, 1/4 superfine granulated sugar (I pulse regular sugar very lightly in my cuisinart), 2 teaspoons of instant coffee, and 1 teaspoon of boiling water until chocolate is melted.
Remove from heat
Stir in 1/4 cup almond-flavored liqueur (Amaretto) and 1 cup crushed shortbread cookies. (I use one sleeve of a Lorna Doone package). If desired, add 1/2 c. chopped walnuts. Stir, cool, chill in refrig.
Scoop out a teaspoon of mixture and shape in 1 inch ball. Dust in cocoa powder. Keep in tightly covered container in refrig.
Note: I have doubled the recipe but it is actually much easier and faster to do two separate batches than one large one.

That's it!
Now, to go get more pistachios!

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:01 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by nuzzmark View Post
...you added no flour, right? Did you try rolling them? Why did you spread them onto a cookie sheet instead? and did they puff up? ...oh yes...I added almond and cherry flavoring, too.
I added no flour.

They puffed up only a little but that's the way they should be, no? Next time I won't use the whole pan so they'll be a little thicker but they were not bad...about 1/2" thick. They were crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

I didn't try rolling them because the pics posted here of Mike's original macaroons don't appear to be rolled.

The reason I spread them on a cookie sheet instead is because I studied the photos of Mike's and it looks like that's what he did. There is one photo on his mail order site that looks more like a round drop cookie but that's contrary to all other photos of cookies experienced by store customers.

I didn't add cherry flavoring. The cookies are suppose to taste like pistachios, right? The almond paste almost overwhelms the pistachio flavor as it is.

If you want to roll them, don't roll them in flour. Roll them in powdered sugar as others here have suggested.

Still laughing at your comment that you've spent about $75 on these cookies . I can believe that...the ingredients aren't cheap.

Next time: I might add another egg white in the future...would that make them rise a little more maybe?

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Old 12-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #26
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Yeah...the picture on his site doesn't look like the cookies at all. That other photo is more like it. They are more square & at least 2" square. They are strong in taste of almond & cherry. I know what you mean..they are a pistachio cookie, but that's how Mike's makes them.
As far as the extra egg white...I don't know....and you didn't beat them til stiff, not dry either, right?
I make a bar called Chinese Chews. Actually, I cut them about 1 1/2" square. Now to make these, the recipes says to mix ingredients in order listed. No mixer, just in a bowl by hand. Here it is:

Chinese Chews

1 8 oz. pkg. chopped dates
1 cup white sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. bkg. powder
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Mix all ingredients in order given. Press into greased 8x8 in pan. Bake @ 350 30-35 min. When cool, cut into 1" squares. Roll in 10x sugar.

The tops of these crack a bit & that's ok. Now these are just about the cosistency of the pistachio cookies. I did them last year with no dates & the pistachios, but rolled them. Still not like Mike's.

ok..I've got to get making the candies!

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:36 PM   #27
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those sound good, clara. i have about that many chopped dates left over from date nut bread. sounds quick. might do tomorrow for a filler in the christmas goodies.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:50 PM   #28
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babetoo...you'll love them. They're really moist & chewy. What I do is after baking & cooling, I put them in plastic freezer bags & when I getting a dish of cookies ready, I take them out of the freezer & roll them in the 10x sugar.

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