Pastini Di Mandorla are popular almond cookies that are a specialty of Malta. These almond cookies were introduced to me by my friend Georgina who is from Malta. Georgina has been dropping off her almond cookies for over a decade, every time my Dad visits us here in California. Once Georgina figured out how much I too loved her almond cookies, she started gifting them for my birthday as well. Honestly, I never bothered to ask her how to make these cookies since I was getting my supply about twice a year.
But then the time finally came when I had to ask Georgina for her recipe, as she had just dropped off her last batch, because she was moving 😞. Not just moving to another neighborhood or to another state, but moving to another country! Georgina moved to Bristol in United Kingdom this past summer. Way too far for her to drop off her almond cookies 😒. I finally had to ask her for the recipe so I could start making them myself. I don’t know why I didn’t get the recipe sooner. These cookies are so easy to make, yet look and taste positively gourmet 😋.
You know the best thing about this recipe? The ingredients are pure and simple – just almonds, powdered sugar, one egg, lemon zest, and almond essence. Beautiful cookies that are light and delicious.
I’m sure going to miss my dear friend Georgina 😞, but our memories and her delectable recipes will linger with me forever ❤️😍😋! Georgina’s rose petal jam Georgina’s Maltese Easter Figolli Georgina’s Cottage Garden Delight.
Pastini Di Mandorla. Maltese Almond Cookies
recipe from Georgina from her blog tal-forn.com
Makes 20 cookies
- 200g pure ground almond
- 200g powdered sugar
- zest of a lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond essence
- 1 egg white beaten for dipping
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds to use as topping
- rice paper or parchment paper (optional if you use a silpat)
This has to be the easiest recipe to follow! Just mix, roll, cut, and bake!
I couldn’t make my cookies into crescent shapes like Georgina did, nonetheless they turned out delicious!