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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:
http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/628508-Ricciarelli-Almond-cookies

And hazelnut cookies:
http://www.wasabimon.com/archive/ital...

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 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 Sep 8, 2009 05:27 AM

      Pignoli (GF), Biscotti

      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 :)
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5776...

        1. alkapal 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 Sep 9, 2009 06:36 AM

            Amaretti - gluten free
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Italian-Almond-Cookies-236733

            Sfratti
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Italian-Nut-Filled-Sticks-Sfratti-104021

            Cuccidati - Italian Fig Cookies
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Italian-Fig-Cookies-107444

            Pignoli - gluten free
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pignoli-Cookies-107447

            Mostaccioli
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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              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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                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. roxlet Oct 16, 2009 11:29 AM

                Do struffoli coun as cookies?

                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.

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