Italian Pignoli Cookies (Fave dei Morti)


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  • 1 1/4 cups whole unblanched almonds
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts (pignoli)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, whirl the nuts and pulse until blended down to a fine consistency.
  3. In a large bowl, mix processed nuts, sugar, baking powder, and sugar. Stir in the egg whites and mix until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Shape 1-tablespoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets and flatten slightly with the back of the back of the spoon. Allow about an inch of space between each cookie as they will expand while baking.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until pale brown. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.


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