Gluten-Free Pine Nut Cookies
Welcome to Home for the Holidays Gluten-Free Style, a blogging event hosted by Shirley Braden of the popular Gluten Free Easily, aka gfe, blog.For my post, I’m talking about baking my way through the holidays. Growing up in an Italian-Jewish family, there was a lot of cooking—and baking. But, it wasn’t until we lived in Rome, Italy, that the holiday traditions of sweets like panettone, pandoro, panforte, torrone, marrons glacés and all the cookies you could ever imagine became mine. Back in New York City, I lived for years in the Italian neighborhood of Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. Everywhere I went, pine nut cookies followed. And, I made sure I tried as many of them from local bakeries as I could get my hands on. That was, until Isaiah (and now Chiara) was diagnosed with gluten intolerance.
While pine nut cookies can be naturally gluten free, I realized that wasn’t always true. Starting with the key ingredient—almond paste—I discovered last week that some popular supermarket brands contain gluten. I found a brand online (Love ‘n Bake) and ordered it, but it wasn’t going to make it in time to develop the recipe for this post. So, instead, I decided to make it myself. It was fast, easy and more affordable than the canned or tubed varieties. It made all the difference. I just wish my parents and brother, Bernardo, were in my kitchen to enjoy them with us.
From my family to yours, we wish you and your family the happiest and healthiest of holidays!
Each day of the event, which runs from November 28 through December 23, a different blogger will be sharing a gluten-free holiday recipe that means home along with exclusive giveaways and the following three Grand Prize Giveaways:
Grand Prize: Vitamix 5200 blender! Plus, a copy of the ebook, Eat Fresh and D-Tox Your Life
Second Prize: A $150 shopping spree at Free From Gluten
Third Prize: Caveman Cookies giveaway package ($89 value)
Here’s what I get to giveaway—one of each of the following great gluten-free cookbooks from my friends and fellow bloggers/cookbook authors:
2) Beth Hillson‘s Gluten-Free Makeovers
3) Robin Ryberg’s Gluten Free in Five Minutes
To enter to win these books (and to be automatically entered into our grand prize drawing):Leave a comment below, sharing how you will be “baking your way through the holidays.” My giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 19th at 11:59pm ET. Shirley will be announcing daily winners. (See Shirley’s blog for a complete list of prizes as well as daily/contest winners). All comments left on this post as well as other Home for the Holidays posts by the other participating bloggers will be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway. The grand prize winners will be announced on glutenfreeeasily.com on Christmas Day!
Here’s the complete schedule:
Monday, 11/28–Shirley Braden at gfe–gluten free easily
Tuesday, 11/29–Diane Eblin at The Whole Gang
Wednesday, 11/30–Heidi Kelly at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
Thursday, 12/1–Ali Segersten at The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen
Friday, 12/2–Sunny Busby at And Love it, Too!
Saturday, 12/3–Stacy Toth at Paleo Parents
Sunday, 12/4–Maggie Savage at She Let Them Eat Cake
Monday, 12/5–Melissa McLean Jory at Gluten Free For Good
Tuesday, 12/6–Kim Maes at Cook IT Allergy Free
Wednesday, 12/7–Alexa Croft at Lexie’s Kitchen
Thursday, 12/8–Brittany Angell at Real Sustenance
Friday, 12/9–Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry
Saturday, 12/10–Kelly Brozyna at The Spunky Coconut
Sunday, 12/11–Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Monday, 12/12–Iris Higgins at The Daily Dietribe
Tuesday, 12/13–Stephanie Fourie at Gluten Free by Nature
Wednesday, 12/14–Jules Shepard at Jules Speaks Gluten Free
Thursday, 12/15–Silvana Nardone at Silvana’s Kitchen (& Easy Eats)
Friday, 12/16–Heather at Gluten-Free Cat
Saturday, 12/17–Carol Kicinski at Simply…Gluten Free
Sunday, 12/18–Alisa Fleming at Alisa Cooks
Monday, 12/19–Linda Etherton The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Tuesday, 12/20–Gigi Stewart at Gluten Free Gigi
Wednesday, 12/21–Zoe at Z’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, 12/22–Lillian Medville Lillian’s Test Kitchen
Friday, 12/23—Shirley Braden at gfe—gluten free easily
Makes: About 16
For the almond paste:
6 ounces finely ground blanched almond flour, such as Honeyville
4 ounces confectioners' sugar
1 large egg white
For the cookies:
10 ounces homemade or gluten-free store-bought almond paste
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1½ cups pine nuts, for topping
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling
You can make the almond paste ahead of time and keep in the fridge, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.
1. To make the almond paste, place the almond flour, confectioners' sugar and egg white in a food processor and pulse to combine. Roll into a log and wrap to seal in plastic wrap.
2. To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 325º and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the almond paste, granulated sugar, salt and egg whites in a food processor and pulse to combine. Place the pine nuts in a medium bowl. Using a 1½-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll in the pine nuts to coat; place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let cool completely.
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