Italian Pignoli Cookies

I read cookies are the crown jewels of Italian confections. Is this actually the truth for Italians? Don’t ask me, I’ve never been. But it’s Friday, so that means it’s time for a Taste Test recipe to try this weekend.

But first, a quick reminder I’m not a food blogger. There will be no flour-dusted cutting board photos in-between hefty paragraphs filled with adjectives. The word foodie sends an awful noise of nails on a chalkboard down my spine.

I only want to share the recipe and what I learned when baking or cooking it for the first time. The act of making food for others is how I show love, and it’s my fun time. Trying to make something for the first time is always exciting for me because you either nail it or you don’t.

Today’s Taste Test recipe is from Taste of Home. Here we go!

THE RECIPE:

  • 1-1/4 cups (12 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large egg whites, divided
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups pine nuts
  1. In a small bowl, beat almond paste and sugar until crumbly. Beat in 2 egg whites. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; mix well.
  2. Whisk remaining egg whites in a shallow bowl. Place pine nuts in another shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Roll in egg whites and coat with pine nuts. Place 2 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
  3. Bake at 325° until lightly browned, 15-18 minutes. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

MY FINDINGS:

  1. These are fancy cookies, and by fancy I mean pricey. Pine nuts aren’t cheap, fair warning.
  2. If you’re not a fan of almond paste, you won’t be a fan of these cookies. The almond flavor is strong in this one.
  3. Pay attention to step one, somehow I messed it up and had to go back out and get more almond paste.

WOULD I MAKE IT AGAIN?

No. I am not a fan of the almond flavor. But they’re pretty!

If you make them this weekend, share your pictures in the comments or tag me in your post if you share on Instagram @sjrandol.

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