Italian Pignoli Cookies

This Italian Sicilian classic cookie recipe, similar to a macaroon, is a crispy, chewy, and almond-y cookie that is sure to become a family favorite!

What Are Pignoli Cookies?

Simple Ingredients

You'll only need a few ingredients to make this easy recipe, so let's round them up and get started!

Mix Dry Ingredients

Mix together granulated sugar, confectioner's sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl.

Mix the Almond Paste

Put the almond paste in a bowl and mix it a little, then add egg whites and mix on low until smooth.

Add Almond Extract

Then mix in the almond extract and the flour mixture, just until smoothly combined.

Shape the Dough

Scoop dough and push into the dish of pine nuts, so that the pine nuts stick.

Add to Baking Sheet

Place spoonfuls pine-nut-side-up on a baking sheet, and stick any fallen pine nuts back onto the cookies.


Bake the pignoli cookies for about 25 minutes.


Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for one minute, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.


Dust with confectioner’s sugar, and enjoy!

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