Sfratti (Nut Filled Cookies)

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
YIELD: 48 cookies




  • To make the dough:
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Cut in the margarine or butter with a pastry blender until the mixture has the consistency of coarse meal.
  • Add the wine and stir and toss with a fork until the mixture just holds together. Remove the dough from the bowl and gather it into a ball(The dough can also be made in a food processor, pulsing it to cut in the butter and processing to bring the dough together).
  • Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disk.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  • To make the filling:
  • Pour the honey into a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, add the cinnamon and cloves, and boil until it forms a ribbon when a spoon is lifted, about 10 minutes. Add the nuts, citrus zests, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool until you can touch the mixture without burning yourself.
  • Dust the counter(or chilled pastry board) with bread crumbs(you can substitute flour). Pour the filling onto the board and, using your hands, roll it into 6 long, thin ropes, each 12 to 14 inches long (work quickly as the mixture sets up fast).
  • To make the cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Butter 1 or 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured board, divide the dough into 6 equal pieces.
  • Roll out each piece into a 4-inch-wide strip that is 12 to 14 inches long.
  • Place a strip of nut paste on the center of each piece of dough, and roll up the dough, fully enclosing the nut paste.
  • Cut into finger-length cookies and place on the prepared baking sheet(s).
  • Brush the sticks with the egg wash glaze. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  • These keep well in an air-tight tin.