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CANESTRELLI: THE DELICIOUS AND CRUMBLY ITALIAN COOKIES

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups + 2 tbsp cups of cornstarch (or potato starch)
  •  2 3/8 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 7/8 cup of granulated sugar
  • icing sugar to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

Step 1.
Mix the flour and potato starch and mix them with two egg yolks, sugar and soft butter at room temperature.

Step 2.
Knead the dough until smooth.

Step 3.
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.

Step 4.
Place the cookies on a buttered baking sheet and bake at 280 F for 20 minutes.

Step 5.
Dust with icing sugar and serve warm or cold to taste.

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