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Pine Nut Cookies Recipe

My guests say these simple goodies are rich and delicious–like little pats of butter! Coated with pine nuts, the cookies also have a pleasant crunch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (7 ounces) almond paste, grated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the almond paste and sugars until crumbly. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to almond mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Place pine nuts in a shallow bowl. Working one at a time, with greased hands, drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into pine nuts. Place cookies nut side up 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 325° for 15-17 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely on baking sheets before carefully removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 68 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.