This crispy-on-the-bottom-and-chewy-on-the-inside gluten-free cookie recipe is a twist on a traditional Italian holiday treat, pignoli, or pine nut cookies. Look for almond paste--a mixture of ground almonds and sugar (available in tubes or sometimes tubs)--near other baking supplies in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty stores. Sweeter marzipan doesn't work well in these cookies.

Virginia Willis
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014


Recipe Summary

1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Beat almond paste, sugar, chopped pine nuts and salt in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until the almond paste is broken up into small bits; continue to blend until finely ground. Add egg whites and water and beat on medium-high speed, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl once or twice, until smooth, about 5 minutes. (The batter will be very thick.)

  • Drop level tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Gently press 5 pine nuts into the top of each cookie in the shape of a star.

  • Bake, rotating the pan front to back halfway through, until golden, 13 to 15 minutes total. Let cool on the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container between sheets of parchment or wax paper for up to 3 days.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

72 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 8g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.6g 2% DV; sugars 6.5g; fat 4.2g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 0.5IU; vitamin cmg; folate 8.7mcg 2% DV; calcium 19.4mg 2% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 18.6mg 7% DV; potassium 47.3mg 1% DV; sodium 36.4mg 2% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV; added sugar 2g.