This is a cookie the Italian's make on festive occasions like weddings, or Christmas. For a festive touch, decorate the top of each cookie with a piece of candied cherry instead of the almond.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat egg whites and sugar until fluffy. Add the ground almond and almond extract, mixing well. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, roll in sugar and put a piece of almond or candied cherry on top.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees F) until firm. Bottom should be light brown.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

340.7 calories; 9.9 g protein; 31.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 16.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
Was seeking Italian Cookie called "pizzacotti" and found this. It was a hit at the holiday cookie making party. Doubled the recipe for tons. Great shape holds form packs well and YUMMIE. Used almond meal and sweetened dried cranberries for the festive top. Great special occassion cookie and EASY! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/12/2012
Did not care for this cookie. My husband and I both agreed that the flavor was not horrible but there were way too many nuts which made them too chewy. Not sweet at all either. Glad I did a trial run before my cookie exchange! Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
Was seeking Italian Cookie called "pizzacotti" and found this. It was a hit at the holiday cookie making party. Doubled the recipe for tons. Great shape holds form packs well and YUMMIE. Used almond meal and sweetened dried cranberries for the festive top. Great special occassion cookie and EASY! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2005
Was seeking Italian Cookie called "pizzacotti" and found this. It was a hit at the holiday cookie making party. Doubled the recipe for tons. Great shape holds form packs well and YUMMIE. Used almond meal and sweetened dried cranberries for the festive top. Great special occassion cookie and EASY! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2010
These are wonderful! I had some egg whites and some sliced almonds I wanted to use. I am so glad I found this recipe. I put my sliced almonds in the blender to grind them and it worked great; the only thing is that my cookie dough was so soft there was no way I could form balls. Dropping the dough by teaspoonfuls onto parchment covered cookie sheets worked very well; since I did not want to roll them in extra sugar anyway. BIG HINT: do not remove the cookies from the parchment paper until they are cool; if not they fall apart! Connie thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
Fantastic cookie! One of my absolute favourites. Decorate with a red candied cherry at Christmas and they look like Rudolph's nose:o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
Fabulous. I made a half batch and I didn't bother to beat the egg whites - just stirred everything together with a rubber spatula and scooped onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. It took about 20 minutes to bake to perfection. I also added some vanilla extract and didn't bother to do the almond on top but I might next time. Tastes like marzipan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
come out real good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2012
I love Italian cookies and as I am not Italian I had asked my girlfriend for her mothers recipe. As I was still waiting I thought I might try these. All I can say is wow! These taste exactly like the ones my friends mom makes (and yes she is 100% Italian; doesn't speak English) I didn't have any almond extract so I decided to use a liqueur. A couple tablespoons of Amaretto did the trick. Firm on the outside soft on the inside and loads of flavor. I will definitely be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/11/2012
Did not care for this cookie. My husband and I both agreed that the flavor was not horrible but there were way too many nuts which made them too chewy. Not sweet at all either. Glad I did a trial run before my cookie exchange! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2015
Loved these cookies. They taste and chew like a traditional Italian cookie "pasta di mandorle" and not "amaretti". In fact I can't figure out where the name of this recipe came from but who cares they are good anyway. I left half of the ground almonds less than fine and we enjoyed the chewy result. The directions of the recipe seem to leave out what to do with the cup of chopped almonds or is it me? Also it yields about 50 cookies so keep your eye on quantity. Thanks for your recipe Connie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2018
I baked for 20 minutes and they came out great! Dough was too sticky to be rolled into balls so I chilled it for like 10 minutes and that did the trick1 Read More
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