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Pine Nut Cookies

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These Italian cookies are rolled in pine nuts (or pignoli); the delicate flavor of the nuts deepens as the cookies bake.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pine nuts
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond paste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Process 3/4 cup pine nuts, the sugar, almond paste, and vanilla in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add egg; pulse to combine. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; process just until dough comes together.

  2. Roll dough into 3/4-inch balls. Roll balls in remaining 1 1/4 cups pine nuts, gently pressing to coat. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  3. Bake until cookies begin to turn golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

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  • galquist
    8 OCT, 2014
    This isn't a review, but a question about these Pine Nut Cookies... Do these cookies freeze well?
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  • ojolie
    29 DEC, 2011
    @gypsy 1118 - I originally tried Costco and some others and they just aren't enough less than what I can afford. The health food stores in my area are over-the-top pricey. It's just my personal challenge I guess. The recipe is so inviting that I'll save my pennies from now on and make it maybe next year! Thanks so much.
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  • gypsy1118
    1 DEC, 2011
    Buy your pine nuts at Costco, BJ's or Sam's much cheaper.. these cookies are expense to buy in the Italian market
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  • ojolie
    29 NOV, 2011
    As much as I LOVE pine nuts, I would have to consider the expense as those nuts are $22.99 a pound in my area right now. Any other nutmeat would just not be the same though. Maybe a once a year treat.
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  • ojolie
    29 NOV, 2011
    As much as I LOVE pine nuts, I would have to consider the expense as those nuts are $22.99 a pound in my area right now. Any other nutmeat would just not be the same though. Maybe a once a year treat.
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  • ceescape
    13 JAN, 2010
    Store in the freezer. To work with sticky dough easier wet your hands.
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  • hailinguk
    29 MAY, 2009
    How long do these cookies last and what is the best way to store them? Thanks
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  • peggyelliott
    31 MAR, 2009
    It's not a Christmas cookie. Add pink,green,yellow coloring to dough and you have Easter cookies! An Italian church has been selling them at the Easter bake sale for 30 plus years.Do not use too much color...want it to be light.
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  • freidab
    24 FEB, 2009
    These cookies are favorites of my family and friends. When the kids were young, we gathered our own pine nuts and made a family outing of it (nuts are ready around September/October) and the kids loved it. I found the dough easy to make; rolling and coating them are time-consuming but well worth the effort. I cut down on the baking time (10-12 min.) and found that watching and smelling them is the best way to know when they are ready. So far, I found Costco has the best price for pine nuts.
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  • josephinebat10
    21 JAN, 2009
    CARLAIRD or ANYONE you mentioned that you can make your own almond paste. I would like to know how it's done please.
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