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Feb 20, 2007 05:47 PM

Lost recipe [Moved from Midwest]

Looking for recipe.
Has anyone ever heard of a Caterina Cookie?
It's an Italian cookie recipe - made with powdered sugar.
You roll dough into balls; chill the dough; then it flattens just a little when baking to form a crackled look, as a snowflake.
Melts in your mouth.
It's my daughter's favorite cookie, and I lost the recipe several years ago.
She's getting married and I want to make the cookies for the engagement party.

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  1. LeonaChristine-
    Check out this site... I think i've read a similar recipe in his archives, but if ther's not an exact mach, Phaedrus is your man to find it!

    For other browsers, I've mentioned this site before; "Uncle Phaedrus" researches, archives, and reports on old, forgotten, lost, and restaurant recipes. It is not a cooking site, per se- he says he doesn't test any of the recipes himself, but I've found a few real keepers.

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    1. re: lunchbox

      Thanks...I emailed him and I'll wait to hear what he has to say.

      1. re: LeonaChristine

        Let the rest of us know, too... You’ve got me kind of curious about this cookie now....

        Uncle Ira

        1. re: Uncle Ira

          I will. But, don't be expecting TOO much. This cookie is a rather understated sugar cookie - soft, chewy sugar cookie. Italian desserts/pastries/cookies are never heavily rich. But, it's just the right touch.

    2. Is the recipe you're looking for more like a crinkle cookie, melting moment, or none of the above?

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      1. re: Sophia C.

        Well, I don't know what a melting moment or crinkle cookie is...can you describe? The Caterina Cookie has no nuts or chocolate. Perhaps the recipe you have is at least close enough.

      2. "Uncle Phaedrus" could not find any cookie by this name.
        Does anyone know of a cookie recipe that sounds similar: powdered sugar, butter, etc...
        No granualated sugar used in it.
        In the meantime, I will try to contact someone from one of the Italian neighborhoods back in our home town, and see what I can find.
        Thanks for your help everyone!

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        1. re: LeonaChristine

          Are you still looking for the caterina cookies recipe? If so, I have one.

          1. re: coolstar

            please post your recipe for curious 'hounds!

        2. I wonder if it is close to a Mexican/Italian Wedding Cookie?

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          1. re: WildSwede

            Also known in our house as a Russian Tea Cake for some reason.