5 dozen 3-inch cookies


  • ¼ pound unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for cookie sheet

  • ½ cup superfine sugar

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 large egg whites

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Zest of 1 lemon, grated

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 cup chopped pistachios


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a heavy cookie sheet. In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar, and continue to beat until creamy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Sift the flour three times with the salt. Beat egg whites into the butter, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add flour mixture gradually, scraping down the sides. Stir in the lemon zest.

  2. Transfer the batter to a large pastry bag fitted with a #2B tip and a large-size coupler. Pipe out cookies in an S shape, about 3 inches long. Repeat S pattern in reverse.

  3. Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Cookies will become crisp as they cool.

  4. Combine the chocolate and corn syrup in a double boiler over simmering water; stir occasionally with a rubber spatula until smooth. Using a small offset spatula or knife, spread cookie with chocolate, and top with another cookie to form a sandwich. Dip about 1 inch of each cooled cookie into chocolate, and roll to coat with pistachios; let dry.

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