MALEFEMMINA (ITALIAN COOKIE)
- TIRGL Feb 28, 2011 02:54 PM
I recently returned from Florence. At a chocolate festival near Santa Croce a woman was selling a cookie with the name Malefemmina. Does anyone know of a recipe for this cookie or its history? I bought one and it was light (made with egg whites) and sweet.
I wondered if they weren't the Love Knot Cookies, but those are lemony and most recipes use whole eggs.
did you taste any almond or pignoli (pine nut) in them? and what was the texture like? really crisp/crunchy? crumbly? did they have any chewiness or softness to them?
I have never heard of a cookie called "M A L A F E M M E N A" which is not strange since in Italy there are thousands of regional specialties. Roxlet is right Malafemmena means (dialectal) bad woman, woman of ill-repute. It is the title of a famous Napolitanian song of the Fifties.