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Pine Nut and Almond Cookies

A sweet way to end an Italian meal.

  • servings: 30

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups pine nuts, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites, plus 1 for brushing
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Cook's Note

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread 1 1/4 cups pine nuts and the almonds in a single layer on separate baking sheets. Toast until fragrant and golden brown, about 8 minutes for pine nuts and 10 minutes for almonds. Let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Combine nuts. Process half in a food processor with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining nuts and 3 more tablespoons sugar, and add to bowl. Stir in orange zest and salt.

  3. Step 3

    Beat 2 egg whites until fluffy. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the vanilla, and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into nut mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Using 2 teaspoons batter for each cookie, shape into balls, and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with egg white, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Press 2 pine nuts into top of each cookie for garnish.

  5. Step 5

    Bake until edges are golden and centers are set, about 17 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2007

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Reviews (11)

  • 20 Nov, 2013

    Where is the recipe for the torrone pictured above with the cookies? It looks gorgeous and would love to make it. Thank you.

  • 6 May, 2009

    Yes, the cookies are on the saucers, but how about a plateful in place of the torrone? I wonder if the torrone recipe features a large plate of cookies...Hmm? Oh, well...

  • 6 May, 2009

    Yes, I would like the recipe for the torrone

  • 5 May, 2009

    If you look closer, you'll see the cookies on the saucers.

  • 4 May, 2009

    Are those cut almonds? I agree that the picture is of torrone. Hello...anyone home in the picture posting department? Wake up!

  • 4 May, 2009

    I am not seeing the recipe for Torrone, but only for the cookies???

  • 4 May, 2009

    I haven't looked yet, but is there a recipe on this site for that? Looks so delicious!!

  • 3 May, 2009

    Yes, that sure is torrone. It is a very hard candy, and sooo delicious!!

  • 3 May, 2009

    I believe the other dessert is torrone, another Italian treat.

  • 3 May, 2009

    I believe the other dessert is torrone. An Italian treat.

  • 3 May, 2009

    I"m curious what the other dessert pictured is. Perhaps something with hazelnuts??