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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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Sfogliatelle {Authentic Recipe Step By Step}

Sfogliatelle Ricce is an iconic Italian pastry originated in Napoli, Campagnia region. Super thin layers of crunchy dough filled with delicious orange and cinnamon flavored ricotta cream. The word Sfogliatelle is pronounced as [sfoo-llia-te-lle] in its plural form. One single pastry is called “sfogliatella”. In Neapolitan dialect you might often hear them pronounced as [schwee-ah-dell]. …

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Frittelle {Ciambelle} – Italian Doughnuts

Frittelle, ciambelle or simply legendary Italian doughnuts. These is a special treat that should never be missed during Christmas time and especially during Carnival (Mardi Gras) period. And honestly, any other time of the year when you have cravings for a soft, lemon-flavored doughnut that simply melts in your mouth. This an original and authentic …

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Pignolata – Italian Fried Honey Balls

Pignolata is one of the most simple and delicious treats typical for Christmas and Carnival season. These slightly crunchy fried dough balls coated with honey and lemon zest they are simple irresistible. Depending in the region, you might also know them by the name Struffoli (Napoli, Campagnia), Cicerchiata (Abruzzo, Marche, Molise), Sannacchiudere (Taranto, Apulia) and …

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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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Papassini – Sardinian Anise Cookies

Papassini are traditional Sardinian cookies made for All Saints’ Day or Ognisanti (Halloween time). But there is no big holiday that goes by without them. The size of the list of the ingredients might seem as it was re-written from the manuscript 🙂 But in reality, they’re really simple and easy to make. The dough …

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Atlas Pasta Machine By Marcato {Detailed Review & User Guide}

It’s impossible to imagine and Italian household where there is no a pack of pasta in the pantry. And while pasta is availble in the stores and online in all imaginable types and forms, still there is nothing that can be compared to a homemade one. And here’s where a good, quality pasta machine comes …

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Buccellato {Lucca Pastry Ring}

They say “You haven’t been to Lucca if you haven’t tried Buccellato”. That’s just to give you an idea how traditional this pastry is. And in case you’re wondering, Lucca is a small city in Tuscany, located on the Serchio river. Sometimes it’s call a Wall City or Castle City (citta castelo) because of its …

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