I get lots of requests for Italian cookie recipes, or for recipes for cookies that are sold in Italian bakeries. These are often difficult for several reasons:
1) Some cookies sold in Italian bakeries in the U.S. are really "Italian-American" cookies, not Italian cookies. These cookies were created by Italian families or Italian bakers in the U.S., not in Italy. Also, sometimes authentic Italian cookies may be sold under a different name at a particular bakery in the U.S.
2) In Italy, some cookies (and other dishes, too) are specific to certain regions. They may not be known all over Italy.
3) Some cookies are known by different names in different regions of Italy, sometimes even by different names in different families. Sometimes the same name refers to different cookies according to the region of Italy you're in.
4) The biggest obstacle in helping people find recipes for Italian cookies is that people often don't know the common name of the cookies. I have no way to search for a cookie by how it looks or tastes. Sorry.
5) Ingredients can vary slightly with the same basic cookie, particularly toppings. In one family, it might be traditional to dip a particular cookie in wine, in another family it might be the tradition to dip the same cookie in wine syrup, in another family they might be dipped in honey, and in others they might be coated with powdered sugar and not dipped in anything at all. Similarly, a little orange flavoring might be added in one family, anise in another family, almond in another, and nothing added in another family. Same thing with the shapes of the cookies - one family may make knots, one may fry them in ribbons, another in balls, etc. - all of them being the same basic cookie.
6) Something that you must keep in mind is that no one else may have called these cookies by exactly the same name that your grandmother or mother or aunt called them. No one else may have made these cookies exactly like your grandmother or mother or aunt made them. You may have to settle for something that's close, not exact.
Due to the numerous requests that I get for such things, I have set up this page, listing the Italian cookie recipes that I have searched for and found previously, with descriptions and links. Before you write with an Italian cookie request, please make use of this page to try to find your cookie.
These are the Italian Cookies that I have on the site:
- 7 Layer Wedding Cookies
- Africani - "African" - very light cookies from Greve, Chianti, in Tuscany.
- Albanesi - "Albanian" - ring-shaped cookies made with white wine and olive oil
- Amaretti Cookies - almond cookies
- Anginettes Cookies
- Anginetti Cookies - Iced lemon cookies
- Anise Cookies
- Anisettes Cookies
- Baicoli - "little jokes" - Orange-flavored cookies from Veneto that are baked twice and dipped in wine.
- Bambuzene di Santa Caterina - "Dolls of St. Catherine" - Ravenna - Doll-shaped cookies eaten for the Feast of St. Catherine
- Bari Cookies with Raisin Sauce
- Biscotti Baked in a Cake Pan, then Sliced and Toasted
- Biscotti con Pignoli - almond cookies with pine nuts
- Biscotti di San Martino
- Biscottini alla Mandorla - Sicilian Almond Cookies
- Black Pepper Cookies
- Bocconotti Cookies - grape jam, cocoa, and almond filling
- Boil and Bake Cookies - taralli
- Bones of the Dead 1 - "Ossi Di Morti"
- Bones of the Dead 2 - "Mustichali"
- Bowtie Cookies - fried cookies
- Bowtie Cookies, Fried - aka Farfalette
- Breasts of Saint Agatha
- Brigidini - After Santa Brigiba - Tuscany - Anise wafers
- Brutti ma Buoni
- Buranelli - Burano - butter cookies
- Bussolai - "compass" - Friuli - ring-shaped confirmation cookies made with rosolio liqueur
- Caggionetti - wine syrup, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts, citron
- Calcionetti - chick peas & citron
- Calgionetti - Traditional cookies from Abbruzzi.
- Cannariculi - Calabrese Fried Honey Cookies
- Carteddate - fried cookies with wine & cinnamon
- Carteddate - Cinnamon Raisin Sauce
- Cartellate - Rosettes
- Cassateddi - cookie filled with ricotta, cinnamon, and chocolate or lemon
- Cassatiddine - Sicilian
- Castagna or Castagni - "Chestnuts", with no chestnuts
- Caviciunetti(cavicionetti,caviciunitt), aka Caggionetti, Calcionetti
- Cenci fried knot cookies with wine
- Cenci fried knot cookies with rum
- Cooked WineMosto Cotto, Must, Vino Cotto
- Cosi di Ficu - figs, raisins, walnuts, honey, chocolate
- Crispelles - fried cookies with honey
- Crostoli - fried cookies with rum or wine
- Cuccidata - figs, raisins, honey, chocolate
- Cucidata - from Sicily
- Cucidati - figs, raisins, walnuts, honey, chocolate
- Cucidati - A Sicilian recipe
- Cuccidatti - Italian Filled Cookie
- - Eporediesi al Cacao - Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
- Farfalette - fried bowties or knots with orange
- Frangetties? - fried bowties or knots with orange
- Genets - Iced lemon cookies
- Golets - Italian Waffle Cookies
- Italian Butter Cookies
- Italian Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
- Italian Easter Basket Cookies
- Italian Filled Cookies - cinnamon & raisin
- Italian Knot Cookies - fried cookies
- Italian Ricotta Pillow Pastry Filled pastries in fruit compote
- Italian Sponge Cookies
- Italian Wine Cookies - fried, with honey and red wine
- Italian Wedding Cookies - 3 colors
- Mostaccioli - "moustaches" - cocoa, honey, cinnamon
- Mostaccioli - more "moustaches" recipes
- 'Nfasciateddi - Sicilian cookies
- Neppetelle - Calabrese Easter Cookie
- Orange Knot Cookies - fried
- Parigini - soft biscotti with candied fruit
- Parma Chocolate Cookies
- Pignolata - fried in oil & coated with honey
- Pignoli Cookies - pine nut cookies with almond paste
- Pignoli Cookies - almonds and pine nuts
- Pizzelle Cookies - waffle-type cookies
- Pupa Cu L’ova - Italian Easter Egg Cookies
- Quaresimali Cookies - Lenten Almond Biscuits
- Ricotta Kisses (Baci di Ricotta)
- Roccoco Orange, citron, spices, almonds
- Sanguinacci Chocolate filling
- Sapienza, Sapienze
- Scadaline - Another name for "Bones of the Dead" Cookies.
- Scalele, or "Little Scales" - another fried cookie, with honey. Calabrian.
- Scatatti Cookies ?
- Sesame Seed Cookies - sesame seeds
- Sesame Seed Cookies, Italian
- Sfingi - Not exactly cookies - closer to Italian donuts.
- Sicilian Almond Cookies
- Sicilian Bread Basket Easter Cookie
- skidelina - Aka "Bones of the Dead". Hard cookies.
- Spicchitedda - cinnamon cookies
- Struffoli/Strufoli - fried in oil & coated with honey
- Strufoli - fried in oil & coated with honey
- Susumelli - cinnamon & cloves cookies,frosted
- Hard Taralli;Soft Taralli - wine cookies
- Taralli - Boil and Bake Cookies
- Tarrales - Orange-flavored with icing
- Tatales - hard cookies
- Turriddi - another fried cookie, with honey. Calabrian.
- Ungatidads? - Yet another fried knot cookie?
- Vino Cotto - Mosto Cotto, Must, Cooked Wine
- Wandies - yet another fried cookie
- Zaccarini - Italian Sugar Cookies
- Zeppole - AKA Sfingi or Zeppole di San Guiseppe
If you know the name of the cookie, check the list above and search my site with the search feature before writing. There are lots of Italian cookie recipes on my site.
If you don't know the name of the cookie, go here:
Italy Revisited Cookies without Nuts
Italy Revisited Cookies with Nuts
Italy Revisited Italian Fried Cookies & Fritters
Those pages are great for identifying an Italian cookie. There are photos and descriptions of dozens of Italian Cookies there. Perhaps you can determine which cookie you want from them.
Listing of Italian Desserts and Dishes by region