Italian Holiday Cookies

Homemade Almond Paste

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups blanched almonds 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 egg white 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions: Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar, egg white, extract and salt; cover and process until smooth. Divide almond paste into 1/2-cup portions; place in airtight containers. […]

Italian Butter Spritz with Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone Creme

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients: For the cookies: 1 cup butter, room temperature 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 dash salt 2 1/2 all-purpose flour For the filling: 1/2 cup Giandiua Chocolate Hazelnut Spread 1/2 cup Mascarpone Cheese Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a […]

Cranberry Pistachio Cantuccini

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier 2 teaspoons pure orange extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup whole pistachios 3 large eggs 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon Poggi Bonsi Lemon Sea Salt Directions: Stir together sugar, […]

Brutti ma Buoni “Ugly but Good” Cookies

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Makes 2 dozen small cookies Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups hazelnuts (8 ounces) 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar Pinch of salt 1 large egg white, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon hazelnut liqueur Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°. Spread the hazelnuts on a large rimmed baking sheet and toast for about 12 minutes, until […]

Dark Chocolate Pizzelle

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark) 1 tsp baking powder 1 egg 1/2 cup brown sugar* 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 2 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Add flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a bowl and stir […]

Pignoli Cookes

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Makes about 2 Dozen Ingredients: 1 (8 oz) Can Almond Paste, or our Homemade Almond Paste 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar 1/4 Cup All-purpose Flour 2 Medium Egg Whites, Lightly Beaten 8 Ounces Pine Nuts Extra Powdered Sugar To Finish Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper, […]

Italian Holiday Cookie Class Menu

Monday, October 17th, 2016

  We’ll be baking 5 types of Italian Cookies! Students will participate in making and baking, and will take home a selection of cookies. Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2016. 1-3pm. Class fee: $60 Class is limited to 12 students. 1 Pignoli Almond macaroon cookies, rolled in pine nuts. A rich and chewy cookie […]