Retro Holiday Cookies: Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies aren't technically holiday cookies. But I'm including the recipe in the Retro Holiday Cookie Series simply because they're one of the most delicious cookies ever created!

Pignoli (pine nuts) are expensive; a two ounce jar can cost about $7.99. Almond paste isn't cheap either.  But  these soft, almond-licious cookies transform the ordinary cookie tray to an extraordinary holiday treat!

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Here's the recipe:

Pignoli Cookies 

4 Egg Whites

1 lb. Almond Paste

1 1/2 C Sugar

1 lb. Portuguese Pignoli Nuts

Beat egg whites until stiff. Set aside.

Break up almond paste into small pieces and beat in sugar.

Fold the sugar and almond paste mixture into egg whites. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight.  Roll into balls and roll balls into pignoli nuts.  Flatten slightly. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees 12 - 15 minutes.  When cool, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.