Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli cookies are standard at any Italian bakery. But they are the simplest of cookies to make at home, mixed in one bowl and ready in[ under an hour. Anne Burrell's special touch? A bit of honey.]

Total Time:
35 min
20 min
15 min

about 40 cookies

  • One 15-ounce can gluten-free almond paste, finely crumbled
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups pine nuts
  • Special Equipment: disposable pastry bag
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line sheet trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with the paddle attachment, beat the almond paste on high speed until it is really broken up. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on slow speed until well combined.

  • Add the honey, cinnamon, salt, egg whites and lemon zest and beat on medium speed until the mixture is well combined and very thick, about 5 minutes.

  • Fill a disposable pastry bag with the dough. Push the dough towards the tip and cut the tip off the bag. Pipe 1-inch balls onto the prepared sheet trays. Top with the pine nuts, pressing them into the dough to secure. Bake until the cookies are golden, 12 to 14 minutes.

  • Pine nutty!

From Food Network Kitchens; after further testing and to ensure the best results this recipe has been altered from what was in the actual episode.

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