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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.

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  1. todao Feb 28, 2011 03:19 PM

    In Italian, MALEFAMMINA (male female) is applied to pene pasta dishes. I've never seen it applied to cookies.
    Can you tell us more about this cookie and its form?
    http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1918,1...

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    1. re: todao
      roxlet Mar 1, 2011 03:33 AM

      Male (pronounced ma-lay) means "bad" in Italian, so the name of this cookie is actually "bad woman," not male female.

    2. lilgi Feb 28, 2011 03:42 PM

      I wondered if they weren't the Love Knot Cookies, but those are lemony and most recipes use whole eggs.

      1. TIRGL Feb 28, 2011 04:47 PM

        The cookie was wavy with distinct ridges, like it had been piped. It was oval and about 2 inches high and two inches wide.

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        1. re: TIRGL
          todao Feb 28, 2011 07:24 PM

          http://www.cookiesfromitaly.com/image... ??

        2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 28, 2011 07:49 PM

          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?

          1. Irene65 Mar 1, 2011 06:10 AM

            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.

            Ciao
            Irene

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