Pignoli Cookies: The Journal News Cookie Swap 2014:

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This post is part of our series on my cookie swap tradition. Every December, for the past ten years, I’ve invited friends to join me in a cookie exchange.  Over the years, our party has evolved into a mother-daughter event, hence the many recipe contributors listed on some of the posts!  Each post contains a favorite recipe from past exchanges.

See how to win more than $700 worth of prizes, including a stand mixer, at our Cookie Swap on Dec. 2

This recipe comes from Jamie and Casey.  If you are Italian, you know these cookies well.  If you are not, you must try them!

Click here to see our recipe database with more from past Cookie Swaps.

Pignoli Cookies by Jamie and Casey Nicastri

Pignoli Cookies by Jamie and Casey Nicastri

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of almond paste
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups pine nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. 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 or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool. ?
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cookieswap2012finalC-01Win more than $700 worth of prizes! The Journal News Cookie Swap will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the new Chef Central location at 419 Tarrytown Road, Greenburgh. Suburban Sweets blogger Josephine D’Ippolito will teach everyone how to host their own cookie swap, with tips on everything from the guest list to the decorating sprinkles. Food writer Megan McCaffrey will host. Come down, meet our experts, share in some cookies and enter to win more than $700 worth of prizes! We’re giving away a Kitchen Aid Mixer, cookware, a waffle maker — and a basket of must-have bakeware selected by Josephine herself.

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Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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