Friday, December 4, 2009

Italian Almond Paste Cookie Recipe Cafe Style

One of my favorite cookies, we always stop at a local bakery in Upstate NY, and have to find these wonderful Almond Paste Cookies, a real Italian Specialty Cookie....

Using pine nuts (pignoli) on top, I put these in a measuring cup with a few tablespoons of water and three drops of green food coloring to make these for the holiday season. You can use any color you like or use plain. The aroma these have baking is just incredible. The almond paste is pure heavenly sweetness.

Easy to mix, its a very sugary consistency and thick, rolls nicely into round balls. Then add nuts to the top.

A New York Wedding Tray Cookie

8 oz's almond paste
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup confectionery sugar

In a bowl mix all ingredients and work together well by hand.  (not with a mixer as these will not be stiff enough beaten)
Knead until incorporated.

Drop by teaspoons on lightly greased pan. You can add sliced almonds, pistachio, or pine nuts on top. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately.
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