Using the basic recipe for amaretti can be a great jumping off point for making other nut cookies. The basic premise is always there: whipped egg whites + sugar + ground nuts = great cookies. (To view my recipe for amaretti click here.)
The second recipe in this series is for pecan pie cookies.
I picked up a package of pecan meal the last time I was in Florida. The Sheffield Pecan Company carries some fantastic pecan products. I would highly recommend them.
You will need 2 cups of pecan meal and 1 cup of golden-brown sugar. I decided to use this type of sugar, because it adds a little bit more flavour than regular white sugar. Brown sugar contains molasses, giving it an enriched taste. (By the way, the darker the brown sugar, the more molasses it contains.)
Mix the dry ingredients together.
You will also require the whites of four eggs (8 tablespoons of egg whites).
Whip the whites to stiff peaks.
Add the egg whites to the dry ingredients.
Fold in the egg whites to form a dough.
Drop teaspoon sized balls onto a greased, aluminum foil-lined baking tray. Be sure to leave approximately 1 inch of space between each cookie.
These cookies don't really need any type of topping. However, I had some candied orange peels in the fridge, so I decided to use them.
Bake the cookies in a 350°F oven for approximately 15 minutes. Be sure to let them cool prior to removing them from the baking sheet.
These light cookies taste like little bites of pecan pie! Also, they are completely gluten and dairy-free.