Alternative namesPanellets
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Main ingredientsAlmond paste, pine nuts[1]

Pignolo (Italian: [piɲˈɲɔːlo]; plural pignoli) are a type of cookie from Sicilian cuisine. Considered a standard of Italian confectionery, they are a common item at Italian bakeries.[2] It is a popular cookie in all of southern Italy, and in Sicilian communities in the United States.[3]

The cookie is a light golden color and studded with golden pine nuts (also called pignoli). Made with almond paste and egg whites, the cookie is moist, soft and chewy beneath the pine nuts.[4][5]

Often they are formed into crescents;[citation needed] otherwise the cookies are round.[6] Pignoli are a popular Italian holiday treat, especially at Christmas. Because both almond paste and pine nuts are relatively expensive, and this cookie uses substantial amounts of both, this cookie is a luxury food.[7]

Being essentially an almond macaroon, this cookie belongs to a type known as "amaretto".[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Pignoli". Chowhound. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Pignoli Cookies". Food Network.
  3. ^ "Pignoli Cookies". The Spruce Eats.
  4. ^ "Italian Pignoli Cookies". Taste of Home.
  5. ^ "Italian Pignoli Cookies". King Arthur Baking.
  6. ^ Armao, Jo-Ann (2005-12-14). "Pignoli? George, I Finally Got It". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  7. ^ Elliott, Lorraine. "Santa's Little Helper: Pignoli Cookies". Not Quite Nigella. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  8. ^ Booth, Jessica (2018-12-11). "The Fascinating History Behind Your Favorite Holiday Cookies". Redbook. Retrieved 2021-06-15.