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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pine Nut Cookies

I just downloaded the 4th season of Dexter.

And now I want to marry Michael C. Hall.

The show is seriously addictive. I remember when I first discovered the first two seasons (free on Netflix instant-hollah!!) my bottom was practically glued to the couch. I swear I did little besides eat, sleep, and Dexter. Thank God I discovered it during break. It is not break now, though. Yet I have started a brand new season.

If this were a tweet, I would hashtag #Iamnevergraduating.

I like to think Dexter would enjoy these cookies. They're not overly sweet and feature only the greatest, most under-used nuts out there. Yes, Dexter would appreciate these.

Pine Nut Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground fennel
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup pine nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, ground fennel, salt, and vanilla until well-mixed. Add the egg, mix until combined. Add the flour and mix together with a spatula. The dough will be loose. Pour out onto plastic wrap and form into an 8-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and cut the log into 1/4 inch on a diagonal.

Place on a baking sheet and press the pine nuts decoratively on the top. Bake for roughly 15 minutes, until the edges are golden.

If you want to get really crazy, when eating smear the bottom with nutella. I did this randomly before going out for dinner. Yes, it spoiled my appetite. Yes, it was worth it.

Source: Giada DeLaurentiis "Everyday Italian"


  1. ive seen a couple of episodes and totally loved dexter. i should really start streaming a run of episodes like you! fab looking cookies :).

    - Beth @ www.DiningAndDishing.com

  2. My youngest son tries to find every excuse he can to eat Nutella. I'm guessing he would be a hug fan of these especially if you tell him about the Nutella love!

  3. I've never seen Dexter, but I know lots of people who like it. :)

    Those cookies look delish!

  4. lol! i'm sure dexter would like these cookies... they look yummy!!!!

  5. I am in love with Dexter. In love. And these cookies? Similarly in love.

  6. what a fun idea - oh, I love giada :)