Canestrelli are small sweets typical of Piedmont, Sardinia but especially Liguria.
They are quick and easy cookies, fragrant and with a typical daisy shape.
They are offered at the end of a meal accompanied by sweet wine, moscato or sparkling wine, but they can also be enjoyed pleasantly during the afternoon together with a steaming cup of hot chocolate or tea.
- 1 5/8 Cups Cornstarch (or Potato Starch)
- 2 3/8 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/4 Cups Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 7/8 Cup Granulated Sugar
- Icing Sugar to taste
- Mix the flour and potato starch and mix them with two egg yolks, sugar and soft butter at room temperature.
- Knead the dough until smooth.
- Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and form a sheet about 0.40 inches thick, using stencils cut the cookies and brush them with beaten egg white.
- Place the cookies on a buttered baking sheet and bake at 280 F for 20 minutes.
- Dust with icing sugar and serve warm or cold to taste.