Mini pistachio tea cakes & $40 gift certificate giveaway

August 19, 2010

Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem -Paula Danziger
This is one of the few last things I baked before leaving for Taiwan. Oh how I miss baking! Just 2 more weeks before I’ll be back in the States and finishing up my last year of college. I do have a lot of interesting entries coming up. Including my 21st birthday weekend getaway to Hong Kong so stay tuned. Scroll down for the giveaway!

Mini pistachio tea cakes.
3 ounces (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 packed pistachio paste
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the mini muffin pans on a baking sheet.
  • Beat the butter in a bowl of electric stand mixer with the flat beater attachment or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer until it’s light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the granulated sugar and beat until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides and botom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Add the pistachio paste and vanilla and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  • One at a time, add the eggs. They will sit on the top of the mixture, so be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Blend thoroughly.
  • Sift the flour into a mediums-size bowl. Add the salt and toss to blend.
  • Add this mixture to the butter mixture in 2 stages, blending well after each addition. Stop after each addition and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Pour the batter into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and divide it evenly among the cavities of the mini muffin pans.
  • Bake the cakes for 13 to 15 minutes, until light golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the mini muffin pans to racks to cool completely. Turn the mini muffin pans upside down and press the cakes out, then turn them right-side up.
  • Dust the tops of the cakes with the confectioners’ sugar. Serve the cakes at room temperature.
  • Makes 2 dozen tea cakes.

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There will be 4 options to enter. Leave a comment on this post for every option you do. Thus the more options you do, the great chance of winning.
1. Leave a comment on the post. Visit CSN stores and tell me what you like from their store.
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This giveaway is open only to United States and Canada residents. Winners will be chosen by the Random number generator. I will contact the winner within 48 hours. 
Contest will be open until Sept 30, 2010 11:59 CST.

Congratulations to Carol from


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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