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Chocolate-Pistachio Sticks

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon corn oil
1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and
vanilla until pale and fluffy. Beat in flour just until blended.
Roll 1/4-cupfuls dough into 15-inch-long ropes, then cut each into
6 pieces. Put on ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake 10 minutes, or until cookies feel firm and just begin to brown.
Remove cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool.

While cookies bake, put chocolate chips and oil in a small glass
bowl. Put bowl over hot water and stir until chocolate is melted.
Or heat in microwave about 2 minutes, stirring every 10 seconds,
until chocolate is smooth and shiny. Put chopped pistachios in a
small bowl or on waxed paper. To Decorate: Dip one end of each
stick into melted chocolate, then into pistachios. Put on waxed
paper until chocolate sets. Makes about 60 sticks


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