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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.

  1. coll 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.

    1. roxlet Oct 16, 2009 11:29 AM

      Do struffoli coun as cookies?

      1. m
        Msytify 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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        1. re: Msytify
          tonina_mdc 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. t
          toveggiegirl Sep 9, 2009 06:36 AM

          Amaretti - gluten free


          Cuccidati - Italian Fig Cookies

          Pignoli - gluten free


          1. alkapal Sep 9, 2009 06:21 AM

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

            1. krisrishere 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. c
                CoconutMilk Sep 8, 2009 05:27 AM

                Pignoli (GF), Biscotti

                1. t
                  tonina_mdc 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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