Pignoli Cookies Recipe

Pignoli Cookies Recipe

Chewy amaretti cookies are covered in pine nuts and baked until golden.

  • Yield:makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:35 minutes


  • 2 8-ounce cans almond paste, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup pine nuts


  1. 1.

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. 2.

    Place almond paste in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Add confectioners' sugar and salt and pulse until combined.

  3. 3.

    In a large bowl, beat egg whites until frothy, about 2 minutes. Add almond mixture and honey and beat until smooth.

  4. 4.

    Place pine nuts in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into 2-inch rounds. Roll each round in pine nuts to coat, then place on prepared baking sheet.

  5. 5.

    Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.