Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pignoli Cookies

Delicious Pignoli Cookies....with a cup of tea
One last cookie for the season, and I saved the best for last "Pignoli Cookies"!! I love anything with almond paste in it. So these cookies are a natural for me to make for the holidays or anytime. I made these a week ago but, because of the chaos of the holidays, I never got them posted. They are the best! Pinolis are pine nuts.  They have been eaten in the middle east, europe, and asia for centuries. They are frequently added to meat, fish and salads in mediterranean  dishes. They are also baked into breads. In Italy they are essential to making pesto. Pignoli cookies are an Italian confection. In Italy they are called "biscotti ai pinoli".  In Spain they make a similar cookie made with marzipan balls; covered with pine nuts and brushed with egg yolks. I have tried several recipes for pignoli cookies. Often with mixed results until a very good baker friend, who happens to be Italian, gave me this one. Since I have been making her recipe I have had nothing but success and great cookies!

teaspoons of dough rolled in the pinolis
Pinoli nuts
Almond paste dough
Just out of the oven

Yum!!

Pignoli Cookies

1 lb. almond paste
1½ cups sugar
4 egg whites
1 lb. pine nuts
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Break up the almond paste and place in bowl of food processor.  Add the sugar and process until mixed and well combined.
Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold them into the almond paste mixture. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Drop by teaspoonful first into pine nuts and then move to cookie sheet.
Bake at 325〫for 20 minutes.

14 comments:

  1. Just perfect (and aren't those baking mats wonderful). This is not a Christmas cookie - but an anytime one! That's my excuse when I bake them at will.

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  2. Kathy-I can only just look at these yummy pignoli cookies...I can just smell the amazing almond paste aroma, and the crunchy pine nuts. Right now my diet does not permit this...sad:(

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  3. You always make such delicious-looking baked goods. These look like something I'd love. I hope you had a great holiday season. Happy New Year, Kathy! I'm so glad to have gotten to know you last year, and I look forward to your 2012 posts! Happy Cooking!

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  4. How wonderful that so few ingredients transform into an amazing cookie! Thanks for sharing, Kathy~

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  5. I was fortunate enough to eat some of Kathy's cookies and was hoping she'd do a blog on them, lucky me, the new year is starting out great! I can attest to the fact that not only do Kathy's offerings look delicious, the are! xoxo

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  6. You always make things I have never heard of or tried before and they always look so wonderful, Kathy. I know I would enjoy these with pine nuts and almond paste. I wish I could be as fortunate as Ann and could eat some of your cookies!

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  7. What a great cookies recipe to start this new year!!! I use to toast a little bit pinoli before !!! Happy new year , hugs, Flavia

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  8. I am so glad you shared this cookie recipe because I love pignoli cookies but have never tried baking my own and now I have a recipe, thanks!
    I hope things have settled down for you after the holidays;-)

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  9. Those are so cute...I always get them when I see them as we love them. Yours look perfect! Happy New Year!

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  10. These are one of the best cookies!! I didn't get around to making them this year and now seeing yours, I'm so sorry I didn't!! Will have to make them soon!!Happy New Years!

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  11. I love anything with pine nuts in them. These look great!

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  12. I love pine nuts (wish they weren't not so pricy). Those cookies look fabulous!

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  13. Oh, these bring back memories of living in New York. We frequented this Italian bakery and so many of the cookies had pignolis. They were so unique and we loved trying something new. Happy New Year to you!

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