Bones of the Dead Cookies (Ossa di Morto)

– 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


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Cook time: 15 min

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36 cookies



prep Time

40 min


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Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto are a typical Italian cookie that is hard and crunchy and full of wonderful spices. This is a cookie that varies from region to region to in Italy and is eaten to remember loved ones that have left us on All Soul's Day.

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.

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