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Sep 8, 2009 12:04 AM

Traditional Italian Cookie Recipe Search

I'm Italian and I'm trying to collect a series of recipes for traditional Italian cookies. Many of these traditional cookies are naturally gluten free, such as Ricciarelli:

And hazelnut cookies:

I'm at a loss as to what makes a cookie "traditional," so I thought I would put the question to you all, my lovely, worldly Chow-folk. What cookies MUST I have in my collection? Gluten free would be great, but otherwise would be fine too.

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  1. Judging by my strongly Italian childhood, I'd say no Italian cookie compilation would be complete without a recipe for pizzelles. I never visited my grandparents without devouring several of those anise-flavored lacy cookies. They are marvelous! There are quite a few good recipes for them, but they all require a pizzelle iron, similar to a waffle iron. I'd suggest the Pizzelle II recipe from

      1. I started this post last year about the traditional almond cookies with the cherries on top. Thanks to the wonderful people here, I found the recipe :)

        1. all recipes has a lot of italian cookie recipes: