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Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath:  Buccellato

Sicilian Christmas Fig Wreath: Buccellato

The buccellato, also known as cuccidato, is a large pastry wreath filled with a fragrant spiced fig, raisin, and nut filling. Really, it is just a huge cookie as opposed to its smaller version of fig cookies known respectively as buccellati or cuccidati.  It’s a big tradition in Sicily to make these fig-filled sweets at […]

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Rustic Almond Cookies

Rustic Almond Cookies

Biscotti means cookie in Italian.  It is a generic term.  I often hear people saying that they made biscotti or they ate biscotti.  They leave me guessing as to what kind of cookie it is.  I have to ask what flavor is it – almond, chocolate, or vanilla?  One common characteristic of “biscotti” is that many of […]

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Lady Fingers:  Savoiardi

Lady Fingers: Savoiardi

Lady fingers can be a little tricky to make but this recipe for Sicilian lady fingers is super easy.  You don’t have to worry about folding in egg whites and having them come out flat because you didn’t do something right along the way.  These cookies take no more than 20 minutes to throw together.  […]

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Sicilian Easter Cookies:  Pupi cu L'ova

Sicilian Easter Cookies: Pupi cu L’ova

Easter is a very important holiday in Sicily.  Local churches hold religious processions.  On Easter morning, the streets are lined with crowds of people waiting to witness and celebrate its culmination with celebrations.  In the town of Castelvetrano, where my mother is from, bearers parade statues of the risen Christ and Madonna.  At the finale, the […]

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Quaresimali Biscotti:  Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali Biscotti: Almond Lenten Biscotti

Quaresimali are almond cookies that were traditionally made during Lent (Quaresima).  There are many variations of this recipe but they are usually hard cookies that contain no fat and no egg yolks.  Quaresimali in parts of Northern Italy are alphabet shaped chocolate cookies without nuts.  I make these cookies year-round and add just a little […]

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Anise Taralli Cookies

There are two types of Italian taralli; one is a sweet cookie and the other is a rustic savory biscuit.  Taralli are made throughout southern Italy and the recipe variations are numerous.  Depending what area in Italy, they are also served at different times of the year – such as Easter or All Souls Day […]

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Mustazzoli - Sicilian Spice Cookies

Mustazzoli-Sicilian Spice Cookies

Mustazzoli, mustazzoli, or mostaccioli are cookies, not to be confused with mostaccioli pasta.  These cookies are traditionally served at Christmas time throughout southern Italy.  The cookie has Arabic origins and dates to ancient Roman times where mustaceum cakes were made using grape must.  The first step in winemaking is pressing the grapes with skin and all, […]

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Nonna's Anginetti Cookies

Nonna’s Anginetti Cookies

Anginetti are basic Italian drop cookies made in households throughout southern Italy.  I swear that almost every Italian nonna (grandmother) makes these, including mine.  These soft, cake-like, vanilla cookies have a sugar glaze on top and are usually decorated with colored nonpareils.  This basic cookie can be made in a variety of flavors – anise, […]

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Sicilian PIstachio Cookies

Sicilian Pistachio Cookies

The town of Bronte in Sicily is famous for its flavorful and intense green colored pistachio nuts.  Ground Bronte pistachios contain no particles of their papery husks, unlike the domestic pistachio flour (also referred to as ground pistachios) I have purchased.  I use them for special occasions when I want to adorn cakes, pastries, or […]

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Sesame Seed Cookies: Biscotti Reginelle

The name of these cookies, Biscotti Reginelle or Biscotti Regina (Queen’s Cookies) implies that they are fit for a queen.  While humble in appearance they are in fact regal in flavor.  Let me just warn you that eating just one is not enough.  These are one of my favorite cookies and when I make them, […]

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