How to Make Pistachio Scones with Sweet Rose Frosting

Heart shaped Pistachio Scones

Pistachio Scones make a tasty treat
Pistachio Scones make a tasty treat | Source

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Fun facts about the pistachio:

Archeologists have discovered the existence of pistachio nuts since as early as 6750 B.C.

Pistachios are the seeds from the Pistacia vera plant which, along with the cashew, belong in the Anacardiaceae family.

The pistachio tree takes anywhere between seven and ten years to mature. Once it begins producing, it can bear around 50,000 nuts every two years.

Pistachios are a great source of fiber, protein, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, thiamne and phosphorous.

Iran leads the world in producing the most pistachios each year: about 200,000.

Pistachios are nicknamed, 'The smiling nut' in Iran.

National Pistachio Day is celebrated in the United States on February 26th.

Here is a recipe for you to make to help you celebrate this food holiday courtesy of Victoria Classics Magazine.




Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 38 min
Yields: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, diced
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, ground and toasted
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (2 inch) heart shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 recipe Sweet Rose Frosting, recipe follows
  • sprinkling of sparkling sugar, red & white for decoration
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, for frosting
  • 1 Tablespoon seedless strawberry jam, for frosting
  • 1 teaspoon water, for frosting
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water, for frosting

How to make pistachio scones

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Ingredients for scones.Pistachios are a good source of protein & fiber.Ground and lightly toast the pistachios before adding to the batter.Add the dry ingredients in a large bowl.Keep the butter cold before cutting it into the flour mixture.Knead the dough several times before rolling out.For a Valentine treat I used a 2 inch heart shape.Sweet Rose FrostingDecorate with sparkling sugar.
Ingredients for scones.
Ingredients for scones. | Source
Pistachios are a good source of protein & fiber.
Pistachios are a good source of protein & fiber. | Source
Ground and lightly toast the pistachios before adding to the batter.
Ground and lightly toast the pistachios before adding to the batter. | Source
Add the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the dry ingredients in a large bowl. | Source
Keep the butter cold before cutting it into the flour mixture.
Keep the butter cold before cutting it into the flour mixture. | Source
Knead the dough several times before rolling out.
Knead the dough several times before rolling out. | Source
For a Valentine treat I used a 2 inch heart shape.
For a Valentine treat I used a 2 inch heart shape. | Source
Sweet Rose Frosting
Sweet Rose Frosting | Source
Decorate with sparkling sugar.
Decorate with sparkling sugar. | Source

How to make Pistachio Scones with Sweet Rose Water Frosting

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Fold in pistachios. Add cream and vanilla extract to flour mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms.
  3. Remove from bowl, and knead for 3-4 turns on a lightly floured surface; roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a 2-inch hear-shaped cookie cutter, cut scones. Bake for 8 minutes, or until light golden brown. While scones are baking, prepare Sweet Rose Frosting.
  4. Allow scones to cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly. Place Sweet Rose Frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a small tip; drizzle over scones. Garnish with red and white sparkling sugar, if desired. Serve immediately.
  5. Sweet Rose Frosting-makes about 1/2 cup. In a small bowl, combine confectioner's sugar, jam, water, and rose water; whisk until smooth.

Top 3 countries producing the most pistachios.

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A markerIran -
Iran
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446,647 pistachios grown in 2010.

B markerUnited States -
United States
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Second largest producer of pistachios with 236,775 in 2010.

C markerTurkey -
Turkey
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Third leading producer of pistachios in the world with 128,000 in 2010.

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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What beautiful little scones. They do sound Victorian. I hope I can find the rose water here in Peru so I can give this a try. These would be perfect in a tea house! I'll have to make them for National Pistachio Day. : ) Thanks!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Vespa-I actually could not find the rose water myself, but added it as part of the ingredients. If I cannot find it the next time I'm in a city, I will order it online. Thanks for your feedback, BTW. Coming from another baker/cook, I appreciate that. It was my first try at scones and it actually turned out better than I had anticipated! They were tasty and not dry, like some scones I've eaten at cafes. Have a wonderful weekend.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Whoa, this sounds amazingly delicious, and I have enjoyed the added insight as to the great benefits of pistachios. I just love scones, being from the south and all.

Voted up +++ and sharing

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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jaydene 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Hi Denise, hope you have been well.

This looks so yummy. I will have to give it a try.

thanks for sharing this :)


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Danette Watt 3 years ago from Illinois

I love scones but not too fond of pistachios. Voted up though :)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Faith, thanks for your input about the scones. I hope you have a chance to make them. :) Thanks for the votes and share. Many blessings.

Hi Jaydene-I've been good-finally started exercising again, thanks...especially after all of the cooking I've done.

Hi Danette, I didn't know you didn't like pistachios. Well, make them without the nuts, it would still taste good. Thanks for your comment.


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

They look delicious !! Just let me know the time and place and I will stop by to eat them up :D ! I will team up with my wife and give a try Denise ! Thanks for sharing the sweet one ...


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I love pistachios! The recipe looks delicious! Interesting to know they grow from a tree and Iran is the largest producer. It's also nice to learn something about Iran other than the negative media threats. Have a blessed weekend Denise! Kathi :O)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Mr-Veg, ha ha. Seriously, you're welcome anytime. Wouldn't that be fun to have a meeting place somewhere in the middle for everyone and have a potluck. YUM! Have fun with these, they turned out good and are fun with tea. :)

Hi Kathi-lol you're right about the positive production in a country where there is so much negative! I was surprised to read they were the greatest producers of this nut...the smiling nut, lol. Thanks, I hope you give them a try. (((Hugs)))


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Yummy, scrummy. Thank you again!!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good evening Denise - that is quite a lovely profile picture of you and it warms this man's heart nearing midnight here at lake erie time ontario canada 11:50am where we've had snow and cold and high winds all day long - it's a good night to be inside listening to music with my cats, Tiffy and Gabriel - and I am sending you good wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity in 2013 for you and your family.

My eyes and my belly (lol) caught the title of your fabulous hub presentation - I love scones probably because of my Scottish heritage and especially freshly baked scones with tea .......always nice to hook up with you and how has the winter been for you so far?


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks acaetnna, you write the love poems, and I'll bake the yummies, lol.

Sir Epi-what a lovely compliment on my profile pix. I'm glad the title, (and photo), caught your eye and belly. It was my first 'scone baking' attempt and I am proud to say they turned out quite well. Would love to sit and have tea with you. My cats are Raisin, Tom, and Taz. :) Wishing you a pleasant evening and enjoyable Sunday.

(ps-we got three whole inches of snow last week-they gave an early release from school, meetings were canceled in the eve, and the store was jam packed! Good grief, you would think they were living on the same side of Lake Erie as you are, they just panic! As for me...I grew up in Michigan (Detroit area), and spent three + yrs in Alaska...)

God bless...it was fun catching up with you again. :)


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

potluck sounds like a great fun idea with a variety of dishes to fill up the yummy tummy :D


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Doesn't it? We'll have to throw a dart onto a U.S. map and see where it lands for a meeting place, ha ha.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Love your pistachio cookie idea and they look so very pretty. I am going to have to make these to celebrate on the 26th.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, I'm planning to buy some pistachios and hand them out to everyone I meet, ha ha. Thanks for your comments. They're yummy!


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lemonkerdz 3 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

Thanks for Linking Denise and for alerting me to your scone recipe. This will be pinned to try for a pistachio evening :-)

Interesting information on the nut as well, makes me appreciate my pistachio biscuits even more.

Looks like we ought to promote these recipes for the National Pistachio nut day 26th feb.

I´m now the "smiling nut" after reading this hub.

Pin, share & voted


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, I'll admit....I have read your recipe three times and I still don't know how to make the frosting with the Rose Water. What am I missing???

Your scones in the shape of a heart reminds me of my Valentine Cookies (wrote a Hub on them).

I'm tempted to try to make these, Mary


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Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

They look delicious! Probably taste delicious as well!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ha ha-great comments, lemonderdz, the 'smiling nut'. OK, let's spread the pistachio love around the week before the 26th. :) Thanks for the share and vote.

Hi Mary-yes, when I saw your cream cheese cookies I had these scones, and the Bottom of My Heart, Valentine cookies that they reminded me of. Thanks for sharing them on FB. Well, the frosting is very simple: confectioner's sugar, water, and rose water. I'll do a double check and see if I missed anything. Mary, the last set of ingredients have the word 'frosting' next to it. Those are the ingredients for the frosting. The instructions to make it are in the final step of the instructions. Does this help?

Hi Pavlo-they are delicious. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Thanks, Denise for pointing out the frosting for me. I really want to make these (if I can find the Rose Water). I've never made scones before and I do want to try them.

Goodnight, and thanks again. Mary


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Mary-I could not find the rose water, so I skipped it. You could probably substitute some other type of extract or flavoring for it. :) Thanks.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A tasty recipe with clear instructions & helpful step-by-step photos! I am very fond of pistachios & often ate them. The first photo looks so delicious! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi ishwaryaa-I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I love pistachios, too, although sometimes I get tired of cracking them out of their shells. :) Thanks for the share, pin and votes. :)


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Nice recipe.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi IslandBites-thanks for reading this one. I hope you have an opportunity to make these. :)


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Oh me! You've made me want to stop everything and run to the kitchen! We love pistachio nuts. Am linking to my pistachio hub, if you have no objection and pinning to my Ways w/ Food board on nuts. Thanks much -- I have to substitute cow milk products and I think the full flavored coconut oil will taste great in this scones recipe.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, RT, for linking it to your hub and food board. It is so delicious. After I made them and set the photo up I wished I had a couple of gal pals to enjoy tea with. BTW I often use an Almond milk due to my lactose intolerance. Thanks for your comments and connection.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Yummy cookie recipe! Thank you for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Vellur-they are tasty. Hope you have a chance to try them sometime. :) Thanks for the visit.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

I'm looking forward to seeing how this comes out. Very exciting


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi joe-well, please let me know if you do try it. I've not baked in awhile and will be trying some things when I return from a trip. :) Thanks for your comment.

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