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Pignoli cookies: Snack Italian style with these nutty crowned jeweled cookies

Cookies made with pignoli cookies are like jewels crowing a tasty little treat. These traditional almond Italian confections bring out the taste of a bakery treat into your home without having to step out to make a purchase.

 Italian crowned jeweled cookies
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They have a maroon like texture that is chewy not crunchy. The outer coating fills you with a toasty, mouthwatering and slightly crunchy from the pignoli nuts also referred to as pine nuts.


  • 1 ¼ cups of almond paste
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 4 egg whites, divided
  • 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of pignoli or pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350’.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine the almond paste and sugar until it has a crumbly texture to it.
  3. Then beat into the almond mixture 2 egg whites.
  4. Now gradually add the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time till the full amount is combined while mixing as the addition of the sugar is added.
  5. In a small bowl use a whisk to stir up the remaining 2 egg whites.
  6. In another small shallow bowl place the pignoli nuts into it.
  7. Roll the pignoli cookie dough into 1 inch balls.
  8. Place a sheet of parchment paper and line a cookie baking sheet.
  9. Now roll them into the egg whites then into the pignoli nuts and place on a cookie sheet leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
  10. Once all the cookies are placed upon the cookie sheet use a fork, the flat bottom of a glass or the palm of your hand to slightly flatten the cookies.
  11. Bake in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove the cookies once they appear to have a lightly browned color to them.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool for 1 minute before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.
  13. Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing.
  14. Enjoy!


  • Recipe yields approximately 2 ½ dozen cookies depending upon how you roll them.
  • Place cookies in a freezer container and store for up to 2 months.
  • Pignoli cookies are a special treat anytime of the year but are typically enjoyed by many and Italians alike during holiday times.

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