Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mom's Almond Paste Cookies



Mom has been making these Italian American cookies for our Christmas gathering for over 40 years,  and we look forward to these cookies appearing on the Christmas tray each year. We refer to them as Almond Paste Cookies in our family, but they are well known as "pignoli". The word pignoli refers to the pine nuts that you roll the cookie in.


If you try these cookies, I'd love to know. My young niece asked for the recipe last week and made them for her Christmas party. She said they were enjoyed by all.

Almond Paste Cookies

1/2 lb. almond paste (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
3 egg whites
1/3 cup powdered sugar
l lb. pine nuts (you can also use walnuts or sprinkles)


Mix almond paste, adding sugar slowly.  Mom uses a fork or finger tips. I use my food processor and it works perfect for me. Add egg whites and when well blended, add flour and powdered sugar which has been sifted. Roll a teaspoon of dough (it will be very sticky) into a bowl of nuts. Place on a well-greased cookie sheet. (I use parchment paper). Remove while still warm with a  spatula. If the batter is allowed to chill, it will be easier to handle. 


Bake 300 degrees for about 30 min. I take mine out when the edges start showing a golden brown. Don't overbake.



Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy holiday season!  I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

15 comments:

  1. Old time family favorites are the best! Sounds like a nice cookie:@)

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    1. Everyone's favorite within a 50 mile radius of mom's kitchen!!

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  2. Love your MC decorated tree, dear Debbie, and your pretty table in the background. Your Mom's recipe for the cookies on the tray look so good!! I want one for breakfast this morning. It sounds like the cookies are a wonderful tradition for your family and will live on.

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  3. They look delicious!
    I couldn't help but notice your MC table too..So you! My daughter went looking for the KA tree ornament at Target..out of luck..So cute!

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  4. I know you've posted these before Debbie and I do want to try them one day. Pinning them to my Christmas Board! Beautiful tree!

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  5. Your cookies are mouth watering, Debbie. Love that you have studded them with pine nuts. I also love that gorgeous cake plate. Happiest Christmas best wishes to you and your family.

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  6. These look amazing...almond paste...where do I find that..? Not sure I can find pinon nuts around here in West Texas...but I'll look tomorrow.
    I have 2 grand girls that come over to make cookies with me every Christmas and I'd love to make these, along with a few favorites...

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    1. BJ, you will find the almond paste in a can in the baking aisle. It's in all our larger markets here. The pine nuts are also in the baking aisle and sometimes I can find them in bulk at some of our Italian stores. You can use walnuts or sprinkles instead if you would like.

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  7. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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  8. Lovely cookies Debbie. It's great your Mom is sharing the recipe. Love the pine nuts. Merry Christmas. xo

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  9. Beautiful photos--love your MC. The almond paste cookies are calling my name! Merry Christmas!!!!

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    1. It's always a pleasure to join you for Foodie Friday! Merry Christmas!!

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  10. I love these cookies so I'm thrilled to have the recipe.

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    1. Happy to share the recipe! I enjoyed reading about your trip to Europe!

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