Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies Recipe

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Lucca Rossi


A Christmas tradition for generations. I hope you enjoy them!


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30 cookies
25 Min
20 Min


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1 lb
pine nuts, left whole
8 oz
almond paste (can)
egg whites, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp
lemon extract
1/2 c
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
1/4 c
all purpose flour
pinch of salt

How to Make Pignoli Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • 2Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • 3Put pine nuts in a bowl.
  • 4In a medium bowl, blend almond paste with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • 5Add egg whites and lemon extract to almond paste, beat until well blended and smooth.
  • 6Sift together the 2 sugars, flour & salt.
  • 7Slowly add flour mixture to the egg mixture, with mixer on low speed. Dough should be slightly sticky.
  • 8With wet hands roll dough into walnut size balls.
  • 9Flatten slightly & press dough into pine nuts (one side of the cookie only)
  • 10Place cookies on greased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart, pine nuts up.
  • 11Bake 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven & cool on a rack. Store in a covered container.

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About Pignoli Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtag: #cookies pignoli

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