Recipe by Midwest Maven
These are a traditional Italian Christmas cookie, that are chewy, almondy and delicious! We always have a bunch of these cookies on hand around the holidays in my family. **Please note, that the dough will be very sticky and a lil bit of a pain to work with, but they end up being so worth the effort. Adding flour to this dough changes the texture of them somewhat, so I never add it, but that's a personal choice :) These cookies end result are just like I had them as a little girl, and are my absolute favorite!
Top Review by B&B Bonnie
While visiting my aunt in NY she bought these at an Italian bakery. I tried these at home for Christmas...and they were fantastic! Expensive to make, but wonderful. Moist and chewy center with a crispy crust. :)
- 1 lb canned almond paste
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 3 large egg whites
- 2 cups pine nuts
- 1 cup powdered sugar (just a guess, for dusting)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper (or just lightly grease them).
- Crumble the almond paste into a mixing bowl and beat with handheld mixer until crumbled fine.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the almond paste while continuing to beat, until the sugar is incorporated.
- Beat in the egg whites, one at a time and continue beating until the dough is smooth.
- Spread the pine nuts out on a plate.
- Roll 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time, into a ball between your palms, and then roll it in the pine nuts to coat on all sides.
- Transfer to the prepared cookie sheets and press them lightly to flatten slightly and to help the nuts adhere to the cookies.
- Bake the cookies until they are lightly browned ans soft and springy, about 15 minutes.
- Cool completely on wire racks, and dust liberally with powdered sugar before serving. Enjoy!