Cookies with Pine Nuts -- Biscotti con Pignoli

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Cookies with Pine Nuts, or Biscotti con Pignoli: A quick, tasty recipe for a standby.

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs (900 g) almond paste (buy this if you can find it)
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) confectioners sugar
  • 8 egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1 lb (450 g) pignoli (pine) nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


Preparation

Cream together the almond paste, sugars and honey into a smooth batter. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then gradually mix into the batter, along with the vanilla.

Spread the pignoli in a dish. Drop the batter by teaspoonful into the nuts, then place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet at 1-inch (2.5 cm) intervals.

Bake in a preheated 350 F (175 C) oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Remove carefully from baking sheet with a spatula while still warm.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Note: Almond paste takes quite a bit of effort to make, and I therefore suggest you buy it if you can. If you cannot, you'll find a recipe here.

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