Yes, this tastes as good as it looks. Wafer thin pistachio cookie crisps (which you will have a difficult time not devouring on their own), layered with whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and chopped pistachios. Seriously, it’s dishes like this that make me feel justified in being a complete pistachio addict. They are truly the best nut, and it’s probably for the best that I have to shell them before eating, otherwise I would eat a bit more than I should for my own good. Definitely give this dessert a try, because it’s unbelievably easy, delicious, and quite pretty looking. Here’s how:
2.5 oz shelled unsalted pistachios+extra for garnish
1/3 cup sugar
1.25 oz flour (1/4 cup)
pinch of salt
2 extra large egg whites
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (brown it if you want extra flavor)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pint raspberries
1 cup freshly whipped cream (recipe here)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. If you wish, line your sheet pan with parchment paper. I used an uncoated sheet pan but I have a really thin spatula that’s good at scooping the cookies off the pan.
Rub off the loose skins from the pistachios by rubbing a handful in between your hands. Place them in a food processor and pulse them with the sugar until the pistachios are in small pieces, but not ground into pistachio butter.
In a bowl whisk together the pistachio mixture, flour, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, butter, and vanilla until combined. Add the wet to the dry and stir until it comes together (and do not overmix):
Drop rounded teaspoons of batter 4 inches apart onto your baking sheet. To spread them, I like to bang the sheet pan against the counter several times, and they will evenly flatten themselves out:
I find this works much better than spreading them with a spoon. Bake the pistachio crisps for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. As soon as they come out of the oven, quickly take them off the pan and move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Build the towers by starting with a crisp, adding a spoonful of whipped cream, the raspberries, another crisp, whipped cream, raspberries, then some chopped pistachios on top. Eat immediately, before the crisps gets soggy. Enjoy!