Love and Confections: Pignoli Cookies #ChristmasCookies

December 7, 2017

Pignoli Cookies #ChristmasCookies

Pignoli Cookies are a delicious treat. This sweet dough is made with almond paste and covered in crunchy pine nuts. A dusting of powdered sugar creates a perfect finish.

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I have never made pignoli and now I can cross them off my baking bucket list. Do you have one of those? A list of things you want to cook or bake? I have a huge list and love crossing off items, like these pignoli.

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Most of the recipes I have encountered use almond paste as the main ingredient. I love using pine nuts in savory recipes, like pesto and hummus. Cookies with pine nuts are so delicious and have such a great flavor. I opted to dust it with powdered sugar, because it not only looks beautiful, but gives it an extra little sweetness.

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There is a very well known Italian bakery that doesn't use almond paste, and I eventually want to try their recipe soon. For now, I baked this version and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Pignoli Cookies

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  • 12 ounces almond paste
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pine nuts
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat almond paste and sugar until crumbly. Beat in egg whites then gradually add in confectioners' sugar. Mix well, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary.
  3. Place pine nuts in a shallow bowl. Using a q tablespoon cookie scoop, roll dough into balls. Roll balls into pine nuts then place on baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until lightly browned
Until next time,


  1. Last year I baked cookies from different countries all week long. It was so much fun. These cookies have me wishing I had done it again.

  2. This was the 2nd recipe for pignoli I've tried in the last few years and it was excellent. I followed the directions without any changes. They turned out great :)