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Traditional Italian Cookie Recipe Search

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

      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: http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Dessert...

            1. 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

                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. Do struffoli coun as cookies?

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