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Nutritional Recipes

Orange-Pistachio Cookies

Written by COA Nutrition Team On December 20, 2017

For this slice-and-bake cookie recipe, we’ve knocked back the sugar a bit and used white whole-wheat flour for more flavor, fiber and nutrients. Keep a roll of the dough in the freezer so you can quickly bake a batch if company stops by.


  • 1¼ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, slightly crushed or coarsely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • ¾ cup unsalted shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature


  1. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, fennel seeds, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar and orange zest in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. Add egg whites and orange extract and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides and beat for another minute or so. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture, beating until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  2. Place half the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a 10-inch log. Repeat with the remaining dough. Wrap and freeze until just firm, about 45 minutes. Re-roll the logs to make them rounder and return to the freezer until very firm, at least 1 hour more (or up to 3 months).
  3. To bake cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Remove one log of dough at a time from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Place about half the pistachios on a clean cutting board. Unwrap the dough and roll in the pistachios, pressing to adhere. Slice the dough into ½-inch-thick rounds, turning the log a quarter turn after each slice to help keep the cookies round. If your cookies aren’t as round as you want them to be, shape the dough with your fingers. Place ½ inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cookies until light brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough and pistachios.

*To make ahead: Freeze dough (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 month; store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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