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Cookies with Nuts
Pezzetti (Cookies filled with almonds, prune jam, wine grape marmalade, honey, coffee and walnuts)
Originated from: Guardialfiera, Molise, Italy
Occasion: Weddings
Contributed by: Rita Palazzo (her mother's recipe)

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For filling

"Musto cotto"
Wine grape marmalade or jam
Sour cheery marmalade
Prune marmalade
Espresso coffee
Ground almonds
Chopped walnuts
Orange zest
Semi-sweet chocolate
Cinnamon and nutmeg
[Bread crumbs]

For pastry dough

A kilo of flour
10 eggs
10 tablespoons of sugar
10 tablespoons of oil
1 teaspoon of baking powder


Mix the ingredients and work into a fine dough.

Cut into pieces and pass them through a pasta machine. The strips should look like a lasagna strip.

Place the filling on the pastry, roll up the pastry with the joint underneath. Press together.

With the help of a wooden spatula divide the filled pastry into 2.5 - 3 inches and cut with a roller pastry cutter, make sure both ends are closed.

With a small scissor cut air vents on top of the pastry pockets.

Bake in a 350 degree F oven until the pastries are golden.


Nowadays the cookies are made for very special events. In Italy they were generally made for weddings. The photo was taken by Rita Palazzo; the cookies were made by her sister, Maria.

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