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Easy Pignoli (Ricotta Pine Nut) Cookies

Easy Pignoli (Ricotta Pine Nut) Cookies

There’s just one word for these cookies: luxe. Creamy ricotta cheese gives these Italian pine nut-coated cookies a moist richness that will stand out on any cookie platter.MORE+LESS-

2 1/2

cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

2

teaspoons baking powder

1/4

teaspoon ground or grated nutmeg

1 1/4

cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1/3

cup whole milk ricotta cheese (from 15-oz container)

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  • 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

  • 2

    In large bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups sugar, the softened butter and ricotta cheese with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until fluffy; scrape side of bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until smooth. Beat in vanilla. On low speed, beat flour mixture into sugar mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  • 3

    Place pine nuts in shallow bowl.

  • 4

    Using lightly floured hands, shape dough into 48 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Dip one side of each cookie ball into pine nuts, pressing lightly to coat. Place cookies, nut-covered side up, 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly.

  • 5

    Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over cookies. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until tops are set but not brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack.

  • 6

    Store covered in airtight container at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • Sprinkling the cookies with a little sugar right before baking gives them an added sweetness and sparkling appearance.
  • Using a whole nutmeg that you grate right before using gives a much better flavor than nutmeg that’s been purchased already ground.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
40
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
7%
Saturated Fat
2g
9%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
65mg
3%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
6g
Protein
1g
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Watch the video: Cooking with Kenshin1913: Pignoli Cookies (November 2021).