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Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies


  • 8 oz almond paste
  • 2 large egg whites lightly beaten + 1 Tbsp lightly beaten egg whites
  • 1 cup Confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cups pignoli nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Crumble almond paste into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer.
  4. Add the 2 egg whites and cup of confectioner’s sugar and beat until smooth. The batter should be very soft and sticky. If not, here is where you use that extra 1 tbsp of beaten egg whites.
  5. Put the pignoli nuts in a small bowl. Drop a scant tablespoon of batter into the nuts and roll into a ball. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet about 1” apart.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes until golden.
  7. Cool on rack and then dust with powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for a week or a month in the freezer.
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 18-20 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Categories: Heirloom Recipes, Special Diets

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