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Italian Pine Nut Cookies

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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If you're looking for the perfect cookie to go with a cup of tea or coffee on these drowsy winter mornings, try making these delicate and subtle pine nut cookies. If you've never used pine nuts in baking sweets, you're in for a surprise. They add a sweet, nutty flavor to cookies that is positively addictive.


1 stick of butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp ground fennel

1/4 tsp of salt

1 egg

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup pine nuts

Using a mixer, cream together the first 6 ingredients. Slowly add in the egg and then the flour until incorporated. Lastly, stir in the pine nuts. Form the dough into a log and wrap with Saran wrap. Refrigerate for an hour and then cut into sliced cookies, about 1/4 inch thick. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cookies on the paper about an inch apart and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden on the edges.

Do you ever cook with pine nuts?


by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM
1 mom liked this

I make pignoli cookies as well, but a totally different recipe.

Pignoli Cookies I

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"They are pleasantly sweet, made with almond paste and pine nuts, but no flour."

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 2 cookie sheets with foil; lightly grease foil.
  2. Mix almond paste and granulated sugar in food processor until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and 2 egg whites; process until smooth.
  3. Whisk remaining 2 egg whites in small bowl. Place pine nuts on shallow plate. With lightly floured hands roll dough into 1 inch balls. Coat balls in egg whites, shaking off excess, then roll in pine nuts, pressing lightly to stick. Arrange balls on cookie sheets, and flatten slightly to form a 1 1/2 inch round.
  4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
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by Rhonda on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM

I've never had pine nuts besides in salads.

by Silver Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:30 AM
I make a pesto with pine nuts.
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by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:55 AM

My dh would love these.

by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:28 AM
Never have. Don't think I'd like these.
by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Oh, I love pine nuts. I wish that I could afford them.

by Ticia on Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

No, I'm not a big fan of pine nuts.

by Bronze Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM
I have never used a pine but before
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by Sarah on Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Pines nuts in hummus
by Sarah on Dec. 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM
1 mom liked this
I'm getting my mom a tea pot so these would be fun to put with it from the kids
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