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Italian Pignoli Cookies

 Italian Pignoli Cookies
Cookies are the crown jewels of Italian confections. I can’t let a holiday go by without baking these traditional almond cookies rolled in mild pine nuts.—Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups (12 ounces) almond paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites, divided
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups pine nuts

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat almond paste and sugar until crumbly. Beat in 2
  • egg whites. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; mix well.
  • 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
  • paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
  • Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for
  • 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 112 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.