Pine Nut Cookies

Feb 12, 2011 by Visual Recipes | 0 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 30

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These are delicious butter cookies with pine nuts. This recipe makes pine nut cookies that are just slightly sweet, so if your not a fan of sugary cookies, you will like them.  Instead of pine nuts you could use any nuts such as peanuts or almonds. You could also add a glaze, frosting, melted chocolate or icing. It’s a very versatile butter cookie. 

Pine nuts go rancid very quickly so be sure to use them shortly after purchase. Also, try to purchase pine nuts that are NOT of the Chinese variety, as they may cause a long lasting bitter metallic taste known as “Pine Mouth”.


  • 1 large egg white beaten lightly
  • 1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup pine nuts / Pignoli
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at toom temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Step 1

Add the flour and salt to a medium sized bowl and whisk together.

Step 2

Get a large bowl and put in the butter and sugar.

Step 3

Beat together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and egg yolks. Do not add any egg white!

Step 5

Beat it all together.

Step 6

Add the flour mixture slowly while mixing. Once the flour is all incorporated, stop mixing.

Step 7

Put a lightly beaten egg white into a small bowl and put your pine nuts in another bowl.

Make 1" balls of dough (about 1 heaping tbsp) and dunk the top and roll the sides of the dough balls into the egg white. Leave what will be the bottom of the balls free of egg white as you do not want the pine nuts to stick to the bottom. Then roll the top and the sides of the dough balls in the pine nuts.

Step 8

Put the dough balls onto sheets of parchment paper spaced 2" apart with the pine nut side facing up. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 18 minutes, or until the pine nuts are getting golden brown and the pine nut cookie edges are lightly golden.

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