Aka Italian Bakery Pine Nut Cookies, aka pine nut almond cookies, aka my favoritest cookies ever when I go to NYC because Italian bakeries in Greenville, SC aren’t really a thing.
OK, they aren’t a thing at all.
We do go to NYC every year, though (last year I was pregnant and didn’t know it, this year we might go with. a. baby. or as babyless parents), and our friend Dan sometimes gets me a version of these almond pine nut cookies from a bakery we went to together once – he’s one of Jay’s high school BFF’s and lives with his wife in daughters in Hoboken. One of the absolute highlights of our NYC trip each year is seeing them, and any cookies that are involved are just an added bonus.
If you’ve never had these, they’re completely all about the almond flavoring AND gluten free so…nut-loving health nuts (see what I did there?) unite! The almond paste is right on the baking aisle, and apparently it comes in cans but the stuff I found is boxed – 2 boxes is what you need for this recipe. The almond paste and pine nuts make this a slightly pricey recipe, but still infinitely cheaper than a plane ticket to somewhere that has these in a bakery. Also, they’re EASY to make.