Sicilian Biscuits

    1 day 25 mins

    Otherwise known as "Bones of the Dead" this is my nanna's recipe. You need to leave the dough overnight. Serve with wine or your favourite ice cream. They are also great with coffee.

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    Makes: 24 

    • 250g (2 cups) plain flour
    • 250g (1½ cups) icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 2 teaspoons almond essence

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1day rising  ›  Ready in:1day25min 

    1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, icing sugar, baking powder and ground cloves. Add beaten eggs and almond essence; mix well.
    2. Roll dough into 2cm balls and place firmly on a well greased baking tray. Cover with a tea towel and let stand overnight. The dough will rise and spread.
    3. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Bake biscuits for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

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    Soooo good! These cookies are crunchy on the outside and cake-like on the inside and so easy to make! NOTE: They have to rise overnight, so plan ahead!  -  30 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are great! I like simple treats like biscotti, etc. and this is really easy! Not sticky at all as said in one of the reviews - maybe they got the ratio wrong - my dough was nice and dry and a cinch to roll! I added a bit of nutmeg too  -  04 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've been searching for a recipe that my mom called taralli. they were hard cookies that were not too sweet and lasted a long time. she rolled them between her hands and then formed circles and baked them. your cookies are the closest i've come to duplicating them. thank you.  -  25 Feb 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)