All the goodies I remember from the beautiful holiday cookie trays from the Italian bakeries in the US, along with some family style treats as well. Cookies like Pignoli, Biscotti,Pizelle, Cucidati, Butter Cookies, Seed Cookies, Anise Cookies, etc.
This recipe was given to me by my friend's Italian grandmother about 35 years ago in Tannersville, NY. I have been making them exactly like this ever since and everyone who loves canoli loves these! My friend, Sal, made me some mini forms by going to Home Depot and buying an aluminum pipe and cutting it to around 5 inches each. Optional additions to filling are 1/2 cup chopped candied fruit found in baking aisle (such as citron and candied cherries and orange peel).
Years ago, my grandmother and great-aunt went to Italy for their cousin's daughter's wedding. They ALWAYS tell the story of this glorious table full of these delectable cookies shaped like little peaches. My great-aunt, being the baker of the family, asked her cousin for the recipe. She was told that these lovely little cookies were traditionally served at weddings there in their small Italian village. The recipe itself is quite simple, however, it is the method in which you assemble the cookies that makes these so unique. My great aunt adapted the original filling. In Italy, the peach cookies were filled with cream custard held together at the crease by dark chocolate. Because she needed to make her's in advance, she changes the filling to peach preserves. If you use the traditional cream for the filling, the cookies must be made and eaten THAT DAY. I've left the recipe in her original words. The number of cookies this makes is an ESTIMATE! Will update after I speak to my great-aunt.
Italian Anise "waffle" cookies. Requires a pizzelle iron. This recipe was given to my Mom from the mother of her confirmation sponsor, Mary Piccone aka "Aunt Mary Tootsie Wootz". Mom said that Grandmom Piccone would make these cookies year round, and always had them available when people visited. She would make them with a handheld iron over the stove burner. She didn't have a recipe written down, so my Mother sat with her one day while she made them and took the ingredients and put them in measuring cups to record the recipe.
These delicate cake-like cookies are glazed with icing and topped with colorful candy sprinkles. They have a mild anise flavoring, which is very typical of Italian baked goods. My family always served these cookies at holidays, weddings or special celebrations, but now that I know the recipe, I can enjoy them all year long!
Everybody I've ever made these for have loved them. I've made them with marshmellows before too... but that didn't really work out too well hehehe. In the picture the lighter biscottis don't have the cocoa powder in them and the darker ones do. (I like them without cocoa better but that's just me.)
Anna migrated to Queens NY from Italy with her husband and lived in my Granny's house in the upstairs apartment. She had no children of her own so it gave her great pleasure to spoil us often with these baked goodies called "biscotti". Who knew these very traditional breakfast treats would turn into the very stylish biscotti found in the best coffee bars today! Thanks Anna for the memories :)
This is a basic recipe for Italian ladyfingers, the base of many desserts. I searched and searched but could never find these in the store, so I developed my own recipe and they turned out great. These are also nice to dunk in tea or coffee. Not to sweet. Prep can be a little messy, but is worth it. Enjoy!
This is a recipe that was in Ladies' Home Journal. It was in an article called "Breakfast with the Stars". My mother has made this recipe many, many times. In the same article, her then husband Donald Trump submitted Recipe #200144.