Italian Pignoli Cookie Recipe + BAKERS GIVEAWAY

by Amy Stafford on December 10, 2012

The holidays are all about Family, Love, Faith and Presents.  So, this week I will share a bit of our family and the holiday cookies they love.  I will have faith that you will love the recipes as much as we do and for the present part I am doing a Baking Bonanza Giveaway all week! (details below)

My husband was raised by an Italian mother and his grandfather (his mothers father) ran an Italian grocery store.  He likes all things Italian, especially the food.  He has very fond memories of his mothers cooking when he was a little boy and still asks for her to make her artichokes for him when we visit, the man loves them.   He also fondly talks of all the times he would work in his grandfathers grocery store or help him in his garden.

Jim age 4, he is so darn cute!

So of course his favorite Christmas Cookie is the Pignoli’s.  A chewy almond goodie topped with Pine Nuts (Pignoli in Italian).

Because  I love the guy so darn much I always am sure to make a batch up for him.  These seem to be the first ones to disappear off the cookie plate during the holidays, so make sure you treat the ones you love with a taste of these little italian biscotto’s.

If you are a fan of italian cookies check out my recipe for Anisette Cookies.

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pignoli (pine nuts)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 8-ounce can almond paste
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with silpat liners or parchment. Place pine nuts “pignoli” in a shallow dish.

Combine granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar, flour and salt in a medium bowl and lightly toss.

Place almond paste in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer and mix to break up. Add  beaten egg whites and mix on low speed until smooth.  Add almond extract and flour mixture and beat until flour is blended in, about 30 seconds. Do not over beat.

Using a teaspoon or a scooper (like the Pampered Chef Scoop that is this weeks giveaway), scoop up a rounded spoon of dough and push dough side into the pine nuts so that they stick to dough.

Ease dough out of scoop so that pine nuts are facing up on baking sheet.  Place 2″ apart and re-apply any loose nuts.

Bake cookies for about 25 minutes. Use the shorter baking time if you like soft cookies; the longer baking time if you like them chewy. Cool 1 minute and remove to a rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Now for the Giveaway, every day this week I will be highlighting a different cookie recipe, so I put together a Baking Basket to please any Baker.  Each day you will have a chance to sign up and win.  The basket has a value of $90 + $25 gift card, so don’t miss your chance!
Good Luck!
RULES: Contest only open to legal US residents.

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Italian Pignoli Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pignoli (pine nuts)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 8-ounce can almond paste
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with silpat liners or parchment. Place pine nuts "pignoli" in a shallow dish.
  2. Combine granulated sugar, confectioners' sugar, flour and salt in a medium bowl and lightly toss.
  3. Place almond paste in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer and mix to break up. Add beaten egg whites and mix on low speed until smooth. Add almond extract and flour mixture and beat until flour is blended in, about 30 seconds. Do not over beat.
  4. Using a teaspoon or a scooper, scoop up a rounded spoon of dough and push dough side into the pine nuts so that they stick to dough. Ease dough out of scoop so that pine nuts are facing up on baking sheet. Place 2" apart and re-apply any loose nuts.
  5. Bake cookies for about 25 minutes. Use the shorter baking time if you like soft cookies; the longer baking time if you like them chewy. Cool 1 minute and remove to a rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
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nicole willingham December 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

Big Daddy is the best!! Thanks for the sweet pics and family recipe :)

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Jessie C. December 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

I like gingerbread cookies.

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Elena December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

I like biscotti

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Sarah O. December 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

Spritz cookies are the cutest.

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Tiffany @thyme of taste December 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I will have to add these to my “holiday” baking recipes! Looks yummy!

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Liz December 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Are you sure you’re supposed to put pignoli on a COOKIE?

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Megan December 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love sugar cookies made with Irish butter!

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Alexa December 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

I love homemade turtles, the ones with pecans, caramel, and chocolate.

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candace December 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

my favorite christmas cookies have to be sugar cookies with frosting!!

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Andrea December 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I love to make biscotti :)I did like 4 batches already :)

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amy December 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Andrea,
You sound as bad as me. When I get on a roll the cookies are being made!
I love pistachio chocolate biscotti’s, but always struggle with the cutting for the second baking.
Any tricks you can share?
Amy

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Lori S H December 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Wow! Those look so amazingly good. I can’t wait to try them!

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amy December 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Thanks Lori, let me know what ya think!

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Megans Cookin December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

My favorite Christmas cookie is a decorated sugar cookie!!!

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amy December 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

oh mine too Megan!

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Greta December 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I love all kinds of christmas cookies!! To me christmas is sugar cookies wrapped like candy canes and mexican wedding cookies and peanut butter blossoms and my grandma’s homemade fudge to go along with!

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amy December 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Greta,
You sound like my kinda girl. We could gorge on some cookies. I just got my moms homemade fudge recipe, I plan on making a batch to share this holiday!
xo Amy

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Tamra H December 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’m pretty simple, a good chocolate chip cookie is my favorite!

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manda kay December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I like sugar cookies.

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Aneesa December 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love a classic chewy chocolate chip cookie!

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Jamie Brigham December 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I love SnickerDoodle cookies and sugar cookies shapes with sprinkles on them.

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Karin Mari December 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

This recipe is easy and fairly quick. I loved how these cookies came out and have added them to my Christmas cookie list. Thank you for such a great pignoli cookie recipe!

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amy December 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Wow Kari, Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that you added them to your cookie list. Makes me smile.
xo Amy

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Kathie July 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Amy….I live in Toronto, and I have searched high & low & back and forth for Pignoli cookies, without finding a crumb. My father is from Staten Island, NY and everytime we would visit the family, I stopped at the corner bakery and got me some Pignoli Cookies on the way in, during and on the way home from our visit. I tried a couple of recipes, but none were close to the texture of the one’s from the Staten Island bakery. I am going home to try your recipe tonight. I am soooooo excited. I’ll keep you posted!

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Amy Stafford July 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Kathie,
Hope you loved them. It is one of my all time favorite cookies!
xo Amy

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Dorit January 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

I made the Pignoli cookies and they are awesome. I got compliments from friends that said the Pignoli cookies they bought in NY from an Italian bakery are not as good as mine. Thank you for sharing!

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