cookies are sometimes served during the
Purim holiday to represent the bracelets of
Queen Esther. The nuts are the gems. Cookies
made of this dough are common in the Middle
butter until it looks almost white. Add the
sugar gradually and beat until the mixture
is very smooth and very creamy.
flour gradually until a dough is formed,
then knead by hand as flour is added. The
dough remains very soft. If it is too soft
to handle, add just a bit more flour.
pieces about 5 inches long and 1/2 inch
thick. Press ends together to make
ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with the
chopped pistachio nuts.
about 25 minutes. Watch carefully. They
should NOT brown at all. Even slight
browning spoils the characteristic taste.