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Jan 8, 2013 10:56 AM

Please look at these cookies (?) and identify them
The very top picture is the one I mean--
They look like macaroons (almond, not coconut) -- but how do they get that shell around them?!

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  1. Looks like she wets the dough and then rolls the dough in the chopped almonds. Mounds on whatever didn't stick. I think? Oh, and it seems like the cookie's name is Biscotti di Mandorla, but the almond roll is maybe a varient?

    closest one I found was:

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    1. re: jlunar

      No, I think you're looking at the 2nd cookie picture -- I mean the photo at the *top* that looks like chicks breaking out of shells..

      1. re: blue room

        Ohh...the background of the header photo!

        ah here were go:
        Calia aruci

        Just needed to browse a bit through the site and click around :D

        1. re: jlunar

          Ah! Thank you! -- got it in English now --

          Very cool process to make these -- I will wait for summer though, to put these in linen-lined baskets in the sun! Cookies named after chickpeas :)

          1. re: blue room

            These look delicious and so unusual!
            I'm really surprised there aren't egg whites in them, but all the better for my nieces egg/dairy allergy.
            Thanks for posting these. Please report back if you make them when the weather turns.

            1. re: blue room

              If you come across the recipe as well, definitely share it. I'm tempted to try this out come summer too.

      2. I don't know what they're called but my hunch is that a long roll of almond paste is wrapped with a flaky dough maybe like a filo then cut and baked .MAYBE ???? any other guess?

        1. Per Google Translation, you must expose the chopped pieces from the roll of dough to summer sunshine for 2-3 days in wicker baskets lined with white linen, which will dry and bleach the exterior.

          I *never* would have guessed that one!

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          1. re: willownt

            Me neither! I get the rolling/cutting/drying -- but I don't really see the actual ingredients for the dough. Will figure it out before summer.

            1. re: blue room

              Indeed... "water, sugar, wheat flour, cinnamon and cloves" is a bit vague! Whatever they are, if I left such dough outside in the sun in a basket for 2-3 hours, the squirrels and birds would consider it a party.