– 3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter – 1 1/4 cup sugar – 1 egg white lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of vanilla – 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour – 1/2 cup whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup ground almonds – grated zest of one lemon – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – 1/4 teasoon of ground cloves – 1-2 Tablespoons Nocino or another Italian liqueur, white wine or even water – confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Cook time: 15 min
Does Italy celebrate Halloween? Halloween isn’t an Italian holiday, although I know it is becoming more and more popular with kids (and even adults) in Italy. You can even find many Italian food bloggers posting fun and spooky Halloween recipes. But traditionally, this time period was always very solemn in Italy.
Why are these cookies called Bones of the Dead Cookies? Ossa di Morto (or Ossi dei Morti), means bones of the dead in Italian. When you really think about the name and the shape of the cookie, it is sort of macabre and even creepy. I couldn’t tell my kids that these were “bones of the dead”, as they probably would run instead of thinking they were cool!The cookies are shaped long and skinny and when you pile them all up together, it does look like a bunch of bones. But they sure are delicious and creepy cookies!!
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