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BEST Homemade Pignoli Cookies – Recipe 🇮🇹

Pignoli cookies are a delicious dessert!

Pignoli cookies are some of my absolute favorite Italian cookies! They are gluten-free, chewy, sweet, and perfect for dessert. The trick to great pignoli cookies is choosing the right almond paste. I have found that Odense almond paste makes a runny dough but letting it sit in the fridge for an hour helps firm it up. This recipe makes a few dozen cookies. Enjoy!


  • 12 oz almond paste
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-2 cups pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F and grease two large baking trays.
    Note: You can also line the trays with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer, mix the almond paste and white sugar together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt and egg whites and combine until smooth.
    Note: This mixture may be runny depending on the almond paste. Place in the fridge for about an hour until firm.
  3. Place the pine nuts on a flat plate.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge.
  5. Coat your hands in flour and scoop tablespoon-size balls of the dough. Press dough into the pine nuts to coat.
  6. Arrange dough on the baking sheets, and flatten slightly with your fingers.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let rest for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


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