Italian Almond Paste Cookies Cafe Style

Saturday, August 17, 2019
One of my favorite cookies, we always stop at a local bakery in Upstate NY and have to find these wonderful Almond Paste Cookies, a real Italian Specialty Cookie...


The flavor is rich sweet fragrant using almond pasta in the dough with a crunchy baked cookie top.


These are popular at Italian weddings on the cookie tray and certainly gourmet style.


Their texture is similar to a macaroon but much more flavorful, at least to me.


The cookie has a wonderful pasty style thick almost uncooked taste in the middle of this sweet confection.


Almond paste can be made at home or store-bought.


Easy to mix, its a very sugary consistency and thick, rolls nicely into round balls.


With the addition of sliced almonds, pistachios or pignoli nuts to the top they take their flavor to a nice crunchy level of deliciousness!


Scroll down and print off this authentic traditional Italian Almond Paste Cookie recipe for the best cafe style cookie you will ever bake!





this is a platter of almond paste cookies with pine nuts on top on a crystal pedastal glass dish with more cookies of the same almond paste on a silpat mat in the background













Almond Paste Cookies



These are a chewy Italian Almond cookie.


Ricciarelli is dense, chewy Italian almond cookies originating in Siena.


They are a distant, and much less fussy, Italian cousin to the French macaron, perfect with tea or espresso!




these are almond paste cafe style Italian cookies that are raw on the silpat mat. These are rolled in pine nuts and then baked.



Bakery Cookies



Growing up in Utica, New York, we had the best bakeries for Italian pastries and cookies.


This is a favorite always on the Christmas trays and as far back as the early 1960s, mom would make them for any Italian wedding tray.


If I had to choose an all-time favorite Italian cookie this is it but still, however, a close second to this one is Italian Anisette biscotti for sure!




this is a platter of almond paste cookies with pine nuts on top tinted green






Original Cookies Date Way Back




The origin of ricciarelli di Siena dates back to the fifteenth century and the almond paste was in the form of marzipan or Marzapanetti was once very popular in the town and Siena was famous even outside its territory for its production.


The cookies made with almond paste were reserved for the elaborate banquets of the Lords because they were made of precious ingredients, mainly almonds, and sugar.


They were so valuable and refined that marzipan sweets were sold in the apothecaries shops along with drugs and the most exotic spices of the time.





round balls of almond paste cookie dough on a cookie sheet






Ingredients You Will Need for Almond Pasta Cookies Cafe Style

scroll down to the recipe card for the exact measurements to print off


  • almond paste
  • egg whites
  • sugar
  • flour
  • powdered sugar










Colors



The pine nuts on top can be left plain or tinted.


Most of the cafe cookies are tinted in red or green.


Since this batch was made around the Christmas holiday, I tinted them green.


Very easy, place the nuts in a bowl with a few drops of food coloring and water, let sit a few minutes, rinse and blot dry.




this is just one cookie with piginoli nuts on top called Almond Paste Italian cafe cookies usually found at Italian weddings on the cookie tray






Almond Paste Cookie Tips


  • Always place on parchment paper or Silpat mats
  • Do not use a beater when mixing
  • Always use fresh egg whites not the store-bought carton kinds
  • Liftoff the baking sheets after baking cool on wax paper if using cookie sheets unlined
  • Use colorful tinted nuts for holiday or leave plain for wedding trays



these are almond paste raw cookie balls rolled into pine nuts before baking on the silpat mat










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recipe card for almond paste cookies

Almond Paste Cookies Cafe Style

Yield: 24
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M
A chewy cookie made with almond paste found on most Italian wedding cookie trays. The cookie dates back to Sienna Italy in the 15th century.

ingredients:

instructions:

How to cook Almond Paste Cookies Cafe Style

  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients and work together well by hand. (not with a mixer as these will not be stiff enough beaten)
  2. Knead until incorporated.
  3. Drop by teaspoons on lightly greased pan. You can add sliced almonds, pistachio, or pine nuts (soaked mine in green food coloring for decoration) on top. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet immediately.
  4. Note:
  5. Using pine nuts (pignoli) on top or to roll in, I put these in a measuring cup with a few tablespoons of water and three drops of green food coloring to make these for the holiday season. You can use any color you like or use plain. The aroma these have baking is just incredible. The almond paste is pure heavenly sweetness.
  6. 24 for more cookie recipe CLICK HERE
Calories
210
Fat (grams)
3.8
Sat. Fat (grams)
7.0
Net carbs
14
Sugar (grams)
6.6
Protein (grams)
2
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2019.




27 comments

  1. These look so delicious and cute too! I love almonds in baking!

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  2. is this marzipan,claudia
    ?yummmy!

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  3. Those look like something I wanna try right now so deliciously delicate and sweet. well done :) kisses xxx

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  4. They look so cute. Like Alison asked, is it marzipan?

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  5. @Sanjana. thanks :)
    @Alison...no Alison I beleive marzipan has other ingredients, this is pure almond paste, similar though
    @Ricardo thanks Ricardo...hope you are doing well...you need to post and send something to us on Foodbuzz :)
    @Cheah take a look at this for you and @Alison
    Almond paste is made from ground almonds or almond meal and sugar, typically 50-55%, with a small amount of cooking oil, beaten eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup[1] added to bind the two ingredients. It is similar to marzipan but marzipan contains more sugar than almond paste, and often contains additional ingredients such as food preserves and food coloring. Almond paste has much less sugar, typically 50-55% compared to 75-85% sugar for marzipan of cheap quality (for comparison: Lübecker Marzipan contains 66% almonds). Almond paste is used as a filling in pastries, but it can also be found in chocolates and as a higher quality alternative to marzipan. In commercially manufactured almond paste, ground apricot or peach kernels are sometimes added to keep the cost down.

    In the America, three companies market canned almond paste, with Sokol and Company's Solo Pure Almond Paste being the most popular by unit sales.

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  6. I make these. I adore them - just adore them! They seem to be best the day they are baked. Their almondy-taste is heavenly.

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  7. Wow, I take a few days off and miss all kinds of goodies! I love these cookies, you always see them on Italian cookie trays or Italina bakeries. It's hard to just eat one or two, they are totally addicting!

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  8. Very cool cookie. I love all these awesome cookie recipes!

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  9. these look great! I love almonds..i'm baking biscotti at this moment

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  10. Great minds think alike... or perhapps it's just the season, but I just made these the other day! :)

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  11. @kathy thanks Kathy! would love to try your biscotti also!
    @daydreamdesserts Is your recipe similar? you are right great minds do think alike!
    @stacy thanks!

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  12. This is the loveliest, lightest cookie - anything with almond paste - sings amaretti. Great cookie! Will try.

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  13. Hi! I just bough almond paste last week--these look divine. If there is almond anything in it, I am happy! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I bought almond paste in the market in Siracusa, Sicily and have been waiting for inspiration. I found it here. Thanks

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  15. I bought almond paste in the market in Siracusa, Siciily and have been looking for inspiration. I found it here. Thanks!

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  16. I have to tell you again - you need to open an Italian bakery, ASAP!!!

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  17. Love these cookies, and the green pine nuts make a great holiday treat of them too!

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  18. I love anything with almond flavour in it, and those look amazing :)

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  19. I love almond cookies like these!

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  20. Good one. Its close to marzipan, but marzipan has no flour.

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  21. Those look great! I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm making my own cookies for the holidays :)

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  22. Buonissmmo! Thank you very much for sharing, Luna.

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  23. Oh gosh I had no idea the ingredients for these lovely cookies were so simple! A must-make for sure!

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  24. These cookies are incredible! I made them over the weekend and they were a total hit!

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  25. LOVE these cookies! They're just like we get from a local Italian bakery YUM!

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  26. My grandmother used to make these, but didn't leave the recipe. There were just the same and everyone loved them. Thank you!

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