Day 5 of 12 Days of Gluten Free Cookies is upon us and I cannot even believe there are so many more delectable cookie recipes left to share!! If you have been around for the first few recipes of this series then you know exactly what I am about to say, but just in case you are new to the 12 Days madness here are a few things you should know…
- All of the recipes in this series are gluten free and vegetarian, some are vegan, and some are dairy free too. If you have a dietary restriction some of the recipes may just be a simple substitution away from fitting into your diet. So, please check the recipes before deciding that a cookie is not for you and if you have questions leave me a comment. I am here for you!!
- I used King Arthur Flour – gluten free multi-purpose flourfor all of the cookies in this series. Why? First, I am not affiliated with King Arthur Flour in any way, I simply wanted to make sure that all of the ingredients I used for these cookies were easy to find. Second, I know that custom blending flours can be intimidating so for now we are going to stick with something easy. The holiday’s are stressful enough without making cookies complicated.
Today’s cookie of the day are these scrumptious Gluten Free Pignoli Cookies, AKA: pine nut cookies! I just love the look of pine nut studded cookies don’t you? They really add something special to a cookie platter -sort of like the accessories you are planning to pair with that perfect holiday party outfit you have been planning.
Pignoli Cookies are an extremely popular cookie in southern Italy around the holidays and I imagine if they popped up more around the states they would be a huge hit here too. These pine nut studded beauties are made with almond paste and confectioner’s sugar which makes the flavor of these cookies rich and decadent. As far as texture goes these cookies have a slightly crisp exterior that gives way to a perfectly chewy center all while being gluten and dairy free.
Here are a few pignoli cookie baking tips for you:
1. Use a lighter colored sheet pan to bake these cookies or if you only have darker ones make sure you really watch the cookies as they bake. When testing these cookies I found that a darker pan will cause the bottoms of the cookies to sometimes brown too fast.
2. If you cook these too long they will bake up quite hard, almost like the texture of a biscotti. They will still taste really good, but you will definitely need to dunk them in your choice of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a food processor combine 3/4 cup pine nuts, the confectioners’ sugar, almond paste, and vanilla extract. Then process until fine crumbs form. Add the egg and pulse until incorporated. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt; process the ingredients until the dough comes together.
- Roll the dough into balls about 3/4 – inch big then roll the balls of dough in the remaining pine nuts. Gently press the pine nuts into the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets with 2 inches of space between each cookie.
- Bake the cookies approximately 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the cook time. The cookies should be golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Adapted from Martha Stewart