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Traditional Italian Cookie Recipe Search

morphone Sep 8, 2009 12:04 AM

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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    tonina_mdc RE: morphone Sep 8, 2009 12:43 AM

    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 allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pizzelle...

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      CoconutMilk RE: morphone Sep 8, 2009 05:27 AM

      Pignoli (GF), Biscotti

      1. krisrishere RE: morphone Sep 8, 2009 10:27 AM

        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. alkapal RE: morphone Sep 9, 2009 06:21 AM

          all recipes has a lot of italian cookie recipes: http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Dessert...

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            toveggiegirl RE: morphone Sep 9, 2009 06:36 AM

            Amaretti - gluten free


            Cuccidati - Italian Fig Cookies

            Pignoli - gluten free


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              Msytify RE: morphone Oct 14, 2009 03:25 PM

              Oil Cookies, they are soooooooooo good and very traditional. If you would like the recipe please let me know, be happy to share.

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                tonina_mdc RE: Msytify Oct 16, 2009 10:03 AM

                I'm always on the lookout for new Italian cookies I can make for holidays, so if you wouldn't mind posting the recipe or link, that would be great!

              2. roxlet RE: morphone Oct 16, 2009 11:29 AM

                Do struffoli coun as cookies?

                1. coll RE: morphone Oct 16, 2009 02:12 PM

                  I'd say, rainbow cookies, bakery type butter cookies, almond crescents, pignoli, but this could be more NY Italian.

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