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Italian Almond Cookies {Paste Di Mandrola}

There are dozens if not hundreds of almond cookies in Italy. Some follow the same recipe but have a different name depending of the region of Italy where they’re coming from, others differ in both name, ingredients and shape.  But without a doubt almond cookies are one of the most favorite. During holiday season sure …

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Cuccidati – Italian Fig Cookies

Cuccidati Siciliani, also spelled as “cucciddati” are typical Italian Fig Cookies from Sicily that are made during Christmas time and big holidays. Shortbread pastry dough stuffed with soft, fragrant mix of dried figs, nuts, chocolate, candied fruit and a hint of cinnamon is what makes cuccidati cookies unforgettable from the first bite. Cuccidati Origin Speaking …

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Bruttiboni {Italian Hazelnut Cookies}

Also called Brutti Ma Buoni are traditional Italian cookies made with cooked meringue and chopped hazelnuts. Their origin is pretty vague. Some thing they were first seen in a family-owned pastry shop in Gavirate, Lombardia. Others believe they come from Piemonte region or even Emilia Romagna. Whatever the truth is all agree that they are …

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Pesto Alla Trapanese {Sicilian Almond, Tomato & Basil Pesto}

A month of Sicilian foods and recipes couldn’t have gone without one of my favorite pasta sauces – pesto! Pesto alla Trapanese is a Sicilian pesto with 3 main ingredients: almonds, tomatoes and basil. As its name implies it’s a typical pesto from province of Trapani. In ancient times, ships coming from Genoa to the …

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Sicilian Almond Milk Pudding {Biancomangiare}

To someone who grew up in Sicily, Sardinia or Valley d’Aosta biancomangiare pudding unmistakably recalls to their childhood memories. Because this simple almond milk pudding is one of best afternoon snacks for the kids. AND the adults 😉 Biancomangiare is pronounced as “bjan-ko man-ja-re” and literally translates from Italian as “white dish”. It’s made with …

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Amaretti – Italian Chewy Almond Cookies

Amaretti cookies are probably the world’s most famous Italian cookies out there. And for a good reason! Slightly crunchy on the outside they’re perfectly chewy gooey inside. With the first bite feel bitter sweet almond flavor coating your pallet. Sweet Italian wines like Passito or Moscato Dolce is the best company for amaretti, but a …

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Torta Caprese – THE Best Chocolate Almond Cake Ever

I have a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of chocolate cakes, or any chocolate desserts for that matter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy making them and my friends and cousins of course don’t mind. And so with this traditional Neapolitan Chocolate Almond Cake I was not expecting anything above …

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