These exceptional Pignoli Cookies are often made round or in crescent shapes. Soft, chewy and with an extraordinary flavor from pignoli nuts, the seeds of a specific pine tree. Astounding.

Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 36
  • 1 1/4 pounds almonds; ground fine
  • 1 Cup butter; unsalted
  • 1/2 Cup sugar; granulated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour, or a little less (see note)
  • 1 Cup pine nuts, whole
  • granulated sugar
  • sweetened condensed milk, optional
  1. Cream butter and sugar together until very soft.
  2. Then carefully blend in the ground almonds, salt, vanilla and flour.
  3. The dough will be rather firm.
  4. Cut off pieces about the size of prunes and roll them into little cigar-shaped pieces about 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Roll these in the pine nuts and bend them into a half-moon shape, rings or rounds.
  6. Place these 1-inch apart on greased baking pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. The crescents should not be browned.
  9. Cool about 5 minutes, then strew with a little granulated sugar or brush with heavily sweetened milk.
For reasons never adequately explained, cake and other baked foods need more flour on some days than on others.

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