Pine Nut Cookies

3 dozen

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


  • 2 cups pine nuts

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup almond paste

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  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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