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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Pignoli Cookies

Back in March, I posted a recipe for my favorite cookies, Pignoli. They are those great little Italian cookies covered in pine nuts. At posted a recipe that I found on the net and thought it looked similar to the one my friend Alicia sent me. I just found my original recipe and it is the same. These are so good and easy to make. The hardest thing for me was finding the almond paste. Now it seems to be everywhere, even Target carries it. Here is the recipe again.

Pignoli Cookies

12 ounces almond paste
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups pine nuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 2 cookie sheets with foil; lightly grease foil.
Mix almond paste and granulated sugar in food processor until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and 2 egg whites; process until smooth. Whisk remaining 2 egg whites in small bowl. Place pine nuts on shallow plate. With lightly floured hands roll dough into 1 inch balls. Coat balls in egg whites, shaking off excess, then roll in pine nuts, pressing lightly to stick. Arrange balls on cookie sheets, and flatten slightly to form a 1 1/2 inch round. Bake 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

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