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Italian Tony’s Market in the Denver area.  Pignoli cookies are an Italian American confection, similar to a macaroon and topped with pine nuts. This week I was in search of a recipe so I could make them at home. There were many wonderful recipes but this recipe was my final choice.

Pignoli Italian Cookies

Pignoli Italian Cookies

Pignoli Cookies

12 ounces almond paste
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups pine nuts

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with foil; lightly grease the foil.

Mix almond paste and granulated sugar in food processor until smooth. Add confectioner’s sugar and 2 egg whites; process until smooth.

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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 to dough. Arrange balls on cookie sheets, and flatten slightly to form a 1 1/2 inch round.

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Bake 15 to 18 minutes (watch carefully because each oven and baking pan is different) until lightly browned.  Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com:  Pignoli Cookies 1

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