Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
I found this recipe a few years ago in Good Housekeeping's annual cookie contest. While this recipe has expensive ingredients, it's well worth it for Christmas because everyone loves them so much!
- 2 egg whites
- 7 ounces almond paste
- 1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups pine nuts (pignoli)
- Beat egg whites until foamy in heavy duty mixer. Add almond paste and beat until crumbly.
- Increase speed to medium-high and beat 2-1/2 minutes, scraping occasionally. Will look grainy.
- Add sugars and beat on medium speed for one minute until creamy.
- Add flour and salt. Beat until just blended. Mixture will be sticky.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or firm enough to shape.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Grease a cookie sheet.
- Pour pine nuts into a pie plate.
- Dip hands in water, then shape dough by level teaspoons into 1" balls.
- Roll balls in pine nuts. Place on cookie sheet 2" apart.
- Bake 15-18 minute or until lightly browned.
- Transfer to wire racks to cool.