“ME WANT COOKIES!”COOKIE MONSTER
When I was a newly minted member of an Italian American family, I learned quickly that any celebration necessitated a homemade cookie tray. And the matriarchs in the family made these trays with such competitive spirit that it should have been an Olympic event.
The gold ribbon on the cookie trays was the Pignoli Nut Cookie. A Pignoli Nut Cookie has an intense almond flavor with moist, chewy centers and crisp exteriors studded with pine nuts. They are, hands down, my husband’s favorite cookie.
Since nothing says loving like something from the oven, I made a batch for Valentine’s Day and, probably to the horror of our dearly departed Italian American matriarchs, I decided to make them into thumbprint cookies. They turned out delicious and, I think, a touch prettier.
Give this recipe a try the next time you want to make a different cookie. It is very yummy and super easy to make.
32 responses to “PIGNOLI THUMBPRINT COOKIES – a Valentine’s Day treat#WBOYC”
They sound lovely. I adore almonds, and would probably make my own almond paste for these.
Homemade almond paste would really make the cookies shine. Have a sweet day Viv❤️
These look yummy. Our German Canadian matriarchs were also very competitive when it came to baking. it should be an Olympic event! Happy Valentine’s Day!
They were a riot to watch and listen to. Have a sweet day Darlene❤️
Have a sweet day my sweet friend❤️
Looking pretty and delicious.
Thanks Judy. Have a sweet day❤️
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Have a sweet day my friend❤️
Sweet! You gave those cookies a heart! 🥰 Raspberry is a great choice to complement the almond. Is Dom willing to share? 😉
He actually hides them like a squirrel😘
These sound amazing! Love anything almond, Bernie, and if you add pine nuts and a little dab of jam, I’m there!
Thanks Dot. Have a day as sweet as you❤️
Will be making it for sure—it looks terrific! 🙂
Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Love pine nuts! Your version of pignoli sound and look fabulous, Bernadette.
Thanks Angie and easy! Have a sweet day❤️
Such pretty cookies! Pine nuts are a favorite of mine, so I’m sure I’d love these. 🙂
Thanks Ronit. Pine nuts are a favorite here too. Have a sweet day❤️
Hi Bernadette, these pine nut cookies look and sound delicious. Sharing.
Thanks Robbie. Have a sweet day❤️
I like intense almond flavor, Bernadette. These sound wonderful and I like your special thumbprint touch, even if the Italian matriarchs are throwing up their hands in heaven. 🙂 I’m sure your husband was delighted. Happy Valentine’s Day. <3
Thanks Diana. Fortunately, they aren’t Strega Nonnas.
I had to look that up. Lol. Yes, a good thing!
Pine nuts – I never thought about using them in cookies!
Pine nuts before toasting have a sweet taste. Thanks for stopping by.
these sound right up my alley:) I love pine nuts. i wonder what a tube of almond paste is? Never heard of it nor seen it. And i am very curious as to why marzipan is not suitable? cheers sherry
Here you go:
The Main Differences
While they both are made of almonds, marzipan and almond paste are completely different creatures. Marzipan is smooth, sweet, and often dyed and molded into shapes. It’s also used to cover sweets much like fondant and is sometimes eaten as is. Almond paste, however, is coarser, less sweet, and used as an ingredient or filling for baked goods.
Can They Be Substituted for Each Other?
The texture and flavor of the two are different enough that they shouldn’t be substituted for one another.
I thought I would give you a well written explanation from thekitchen.com.
Hi, Bernadette – Thank you for joining us for What’s Been On Your Calendar. These Pignoli Thumbprint Cookies look and sound delicious. (I wish that I had one to bite into right now)! I greatly appreciate you sharing these with us.
Can I just say… YUM!
Thanks Jo. They are pretty darn tasty.