Italian Almond Cookies
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Italian Almond Cookies {Paste Di Mandrola}

Italian Almond Cookies from Sicily, also called Paste di Mandorla. They can be flavored and decorated in many different ways.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 45 cookies


For decoration:


  • In a huge bowl mix almond flour and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites with a whisk just until foamy.
    Start adding beaten egg whites, leaving about 1 egg white for later. Mix with a spatula.
    Add honey and almond flavor extract.
  • Mix the dough with your hands scooping all the dry ingredients from the bottom of the bowl. The dough should be soft but not too sticky.
    If the dough feels hard and is not coming together add the remaining egg white.
  • Dust your hands with confectioners sugar and take a good chunk of the dough. Roll it lightly on a work surface dusted with confectioners sugar.
    Cut into about ½ x ½ inch pieces.
    If you have a kitchen scale you can check each piece by weight. It should be about an ounce or slightly over an ounce.
  • Roll each piece of the dough in your palms to form a nice round cookie shape. Set aside on a dusted with confectioners sugar work surface or on a tray.
    Divide and roll the remaining dough.
    Roll each cookie in confectioners sugar.
    NOTE: Make sure to sift it before use to avoid any lumps.
  • Arrange cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    Decorate with candied cherry halves, whole almonds or simply pinch a cookie with your fingers to form an irregular shape - called pizzicotti.
  • Bake in a preheated to 350F/ 175C oven for 15-20 minutes.
  • After 10 minute mark check on your cookies to adjust baking time. It mainly depends on your oven. The cookies should start to get a light color on top and on the bottom.