Pine nuts have a light, delicate flavor and are a staple in Italian cuisine. They contribute a buttery quality to these crisp cookies.
1. Place 1/4 cup pine nuts in a blender or small food processor; process until ground. Combine ground pine nuts and sugar in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add extracts and egg; stir until well blended.
2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to shortening mixture. Stir until dough comes together. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 325°.
4. Shape dough into 35 (3/4-inch) balls. Roll balls in 1/2 cup whole pine nuts; place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.