Pignoli Cookies

Soft and Chewy Pignoli Cookies are made with a combination of almonds and pine nuts.

Pignoli Cookies

I’ve got a thing for cookies. Okay, let’s be honest, I have a thing for sweets in general but cookies, they’re small and don’t make me feel bad about eating them. Unless I eat a dozen then I feel bad. Not while I’m doing it mind you, only after when my pants are tight.

That’s when I feel bad and am required to get back on the treadmill so said pants fit again. It’s a wicked cycle but one I’m willing to endure because sweet tooth. I’m surprised that I don’t have cavities, perhaps it’s my incessant need to brush my teeth. Who knows.

Pignoli Cookies
Go (pine) Nuts for Pignoli Cookies.

It’s a silver lining, so hooray for at least that. When I want cookies, sometimes I don’t want to have to chill the dough and wait for hours to get my fix. Oh there are times when it’s completely worth the wait but when you’ve got a wicked craving you need something you can make NOW. Am I right?

Or maybe it’s just me? These Pignoli cookies are a nut lovers dream cookie. It’s a combination of almond and pine nuts with a soft and chewy center.

Pignoli Cookies

Nothing bad about that. You’ll start out with almond paste that you’ll blitz up in your food processor (or blender if you’ve got a super duper powerful once) to grind it into submission. These days you can find almond paste in the baking section of most grocery stores but if not a specialty food store should have it.

Next up, you’ll add the SUGAR sugah, a smidge of flour and you’ll be left with a super sticky tacky wet dough. You’ll want to be sure to use wet hands when working with this sticky stuff. Trust me. Wet your hands.

Pignoli Cookies

If you wanted to add a little extra something something to the cookies you could absolutely toast up those pine nuts (and let them cool a bit) before rolling them in the dough. Options. You know we love them.

Pignoli Cookies

Ready to roll a few of your own?

Find even more cookie favorites on our HOLIDAY COOKIE ROUNDUP POST!


Disclaimer: I am a recipe developer for Dixie Crystals. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.


Yield: 21 cookies

Pignoli Cookies

Soft and chewy pignoli cookies are made with a combo of almonds and pine nuts.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 8 ounces almond paste
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts


  1. For the cookie instructions please visit DIXIE CRYSTAL'S.


  1. 1

    These are the prettiest cookies! Send me a dozen pretty please!!!

  2. 2

    I’ve never had Pignoli Cookies, but love pine nuts. These look great! I can’t wait to try them, thanks for a great recipe!

  3. 3

    Such lovely cookies,Paula! I’m going to add this to my holiday baking line up!

  4. 4

    Being married into a big Italian family – pignoli cookies are a must-make recipe for the holidays! I’ll join you on the treadmill! 😉

  5. 5

    I’ve never had pignoli cookies! They sound scrumptious!

  6. 6

    It’s been year since I’ve made pignoli cookies… I adore pine nuts and have always enjoyed these cookies. Yours look delightful!

  7. 7

    Oh I gotta check out this recipe!! Pignoli cookies have been on my radar for a while now. I love pine nuts! 🙂

  8. 8

    These look fantastic and totally bring me back to my childhood!

  9. 9

    Such beautiful pictures. Makes me in the Christmas spirit!

  10. 10

    Gosh! I haven’t had these in so long, but completely recall how scrumptious they are! You’re cookies are an absolute delight! I am going to try desperately to make these before Christmas. Thank you!

  11. 11

    Oh, the memories! I used to work with a girl would bring in a huge tray of Italian holiday cookies every year. Her mother would bake dozens of different cookies each year, and the pignoli were always one of my favourites (those and the little amaretti… yum!).
    I haven’t worked with that girl in a few years now, and I’ve missed those cookies dearly. Might just have to squeeze a batch of these into my holiday plans!

  12. 12

    I grew up on pignoli cookies! These bring back so many great memories! Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. 13

    My fiance loves pignoli! It’s been a long time since I’ve last made them. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  14. 14

    I’m so happy you have a thing for cookies, because those are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  15. 15

    I just want to stand under the sieve when you shake the confectioners sugar over the cookies. Ha. These are such impressive little cookies. I could eat a million of them.

  16. 16

    Just gorgeous! I haven’t made pignoli in a long time but your beautiful ones make me want some now!

  17. 17

    I am a-ok knowing that I will pick up a few pounds from homemade cookies each December! No better way IMO, lol! Love the sugar action shots!

  18. 18

    This looks SO GOOD!!! I’ve been looking for new Holiday cookies this year and those are totally on my to do list!! Thanks so much for sharing! What gorgeous photography too!

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