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.

23 comments:

Sanjana said...

These look so delicious and cute too! I love almonds in baking!

alison said...

is this marzipan,claudia
?yummmy!

Ricardo said...

Those look like something I wanna try right now so deliciously delicate and sweet. well done :) kisses xxx

Cheah said...

They look so cute. Like Alison asked, is it marzipan?

pegasuslegend said...

@Sanjana. thanks :)
@Alison...no Alison I beleive marzipan has other ingredients, this is pure almond paste, similar though
@Ricardo thanks Ricardo...hope you are doing well...you need to post and send something to us on Foodbuzz :)
@Cheah take a look at this for you and @Alison
Almond paste is made from ground almonds or almond meal and sugar, typically 50-55%, with a small amount of cooking oil, beaten eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup[1] added to bind the two ingredients. It is similar to marzipan but marzipan contains more sugar than almond paste, and often contains additional ingredients such as food preserves and food coloring. Almond paste has much less sugar, typically 50-55% compared to 75-85% sugar for marzipan of cheap quality (for comparison: L├╝becker Marzipan contains 66% almonds). Almond paste is used as a filling in pastries, but it can also be found in chocolates and as a higher quality alternative to marzipan. In commercially manufactured almond paste, ground apricot or peach kernels are sometimes added to keep the cost down.

In the America, three companies market canned almond paste, with Sokol and Company's Solo Pure Almond Paste being the most popular by unit sales.

Claudia said...

I make these. I adore them - just adore them! They seem to be best the day they are baked. Their almondy-taste is heavenly.

kathyvegas said...

Wow, I take a few days off and miss all kinds of goodies! I love these cookies, you always see them on Italian cookie trays or Italina bakeries. It's hard to just eat one or two, they are totally addicting!

Miranda said...

Very cool cookie. I love all these awesome cookie recipes!

Kathy Gori said...

these look great! I love almonds..i'm baking biscotti at this moment

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Great minds think alike... or perhapps it's just the season, but I just made these the other day! :)

Stacy said...

These look so yummy and cute!

pegasuslegend said...

@kathy thanks Kathy! would love to try your biscotti also!
@daydreamdesserts Is your recipe similar? you are right great minds do think alike!
@stacy thanks!

Claudia said...

This is the loveliest, lightest cookie - anything with almond paste - sings amaretti. Great cookie! Will try.

Kelly said...

Hi! I just bough almond paste last week--these look divine. If there is almond anything in it, I am happy! Thanks for sharing!

Carol Egbert said...

I bought almond paste in the market in Siracusa, Sicily and have been waiting for inspiration. I found it here. Thanks

Carol Egbert said...

I bought almond paste in the market in Siracusa, Siciily and have been looking for inspiration. I found it here. Thanks!

Tasty Trix said...

I have to tell you again - you need to open an Italian bakery, ASAP!!!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

Love these cookies, and the green pine nuts make a great holiday treat of them too!

Laura said...

I love anything with almond flavour in it, and those look amazing :)

Jessie said...

I love almond cookies like these!

Shirley said...

Good one. Its close to marzipan, but marzipan has no flour.

Rochelle said...

Those look great! I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm making my own cookies for the holidays :)

Luna's Recipes said...

Buonissmmo! Thank you very much for sharing, Luna.