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Italian Pignoli Cookies


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Serves 36 cookies | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 15-18

Ingredients

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


DIRECTIONS:


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper; lightly grease.


2. Mix almond paste and granulated sugar in food processor until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and 2 egg whites; process until smooth.


3. 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.


4. 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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Notes

This is a recipe I make every year at Christmas for my family. When we first moved to Savannah, Ga. from NY, you could not find any Italian foods. My father loved these cookies so I surprised him the first Christmas in Savannah, and have made them every year since 1968. They are still a family favorite!

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