Giada De Laurentiis’ Pignoli Cookies | Food Network

Giada makes soft, chewy cookies with almond paste and pine nuts that are likewise gluten-free!
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Level: Easy
Total: 35 minutes (includes cooling time).
Active: 10 min.
Yield: 12 cookies.

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One 7-ounce tube almond paste.
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar.
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
1 large egg white.
2/3 cup pine nuts.


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Break apart the almond paste in the bowl of a food mill. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, salt and egg white and pulse until smooth. Scoop 1-tablespoon balls of dough directly into the pine nuts and gently roll them in the pine nuts, pressing gently to adhere. (The dough is soft but the pine nuts will assist make it easier to deal with.).

Place the cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared flat pan. Bake until gently browned around the edges and puffed, 16 to 18 minutes. Enable to cool entirely on the tray prior to eliminating them with a balanced out spatula.

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  1. I look forward to these cookies every Christmas. Too bad the pine nuts are $15 a bag now at the grocery store.

    1. Yes they are very expensive, but might be cheaper than buying the cookies in a bakery 😉

  2. I love cookies! 😘💕🍪🎄⛄ But I never saw that before but in the good way! 😊👍🏿

  3. These look delicious! I also like to “taste/smell test” some of my ingredients before cooking them

  4. Vanilla extract is a positive thing that’s actually cheaper than it was a few years ago.

    1. Well, that’s just vanilla extract that went down. How about the expensive ingredient…the pine nuts at $30.00 per pound. I don’t value those nuts that much. Is there a similar nut texturewise that could be a similar substitute?

  5. They look good. I want to make them. But can’t use almond paste my daughter is allergic to almonds. I will still make them make her’s with something else.

  6. 👍👍 Christmas cookie 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪😂!!!

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    1. You do realize she has been a mainstay in the television cooking world for close to 2 decades with several of her own shows.

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      Not a fan just was interested in the cookies.

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  9. Fortunately I do not need to know what Pignoli means, she had me at cookie.

  10. “The holidays” so…. this is a cookie you make at Veterans Day? Or….do you mean it’s a Christmas Cookie? Lawd, say what it is. 🙄

  11. 😆☝This young Lady is always so direct, and gets right to her cookin!🌷🌷🌷🍳🍜🍚🍅🍽🍲🍛🍷🍾😆🖒Way to go Ms. Lady!

  12. You have a beautiful home and she put sugar in clear bowl and mix things together mixing bowl and put on mental pan and put in the oven and nice cookies

  13. There is no flour/ change out egg and they r vegan …… love these as a kid, and the tri color cookies too!

  14. Thank you Giada for this great recipe. I will be sure to add them to my Christmas cookie plates….

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