75g pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped for deccoration
Line cookie trays with greased grease-proof paper.
Cream butter, icing sugar, essence and salt until creamy and light. Add sifted flour and pistachios to mix until a soft dough is formed.
Pinch off a small portion and roll into small lime-sized balls. Dip in beaten egg and coat with chopped pistachios. Use a fork dipped in flour and press lightly on each cookie. Arrange the cookies on prepared trays and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 18 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks then store in airtight containers.