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Calabrian Lemon-Flavored Cookies
Calabreze Almond Cookies (with flour, beaten egg whites and lemon zest)
Originated from: Calabria, Italy
Occasion: Special times
Contributed by: Mary Melfi

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For cookie dough [makes about 20 cookies]

2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground (blanched) almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
1 egg white, beaten until it forms stiff peaks
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1/3 cup lemon juice

For brushing tops of cookies

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water


Mix flour, ground almonds, sugar and salt together.

Mix egg yolks with lemon juice.

Add the liquids to the solids and mix well.

Fold in the egg white that has been beaten stiff.

Work into a cookie dough (Will resemble more of a crumble mixture than a regular cookie dough).

Divide the dough into four to six parts.

Take one part and roll it out to a thickness of 1/4 inch on a lightly floured wooden board.

Using a 2 inch cookie cutter cut the dough into circles.

Rework dough scraps, roll them to the thickness of 1/4 inch, and cut out more cookies.

Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet (Or, one lined with a silicon baking mat). *

Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water.

Brush the top of the cookies with the egg wash.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until they are light golden color (If they over-cook they'll be dry and hard).

Cool before serving.

*Light-colored cheap aluminum cookie sheets (which can be had at "Dollar Shops" are generally very good for baking cookies as they don't conduct heat very well. This helps ensure the bottom of the cookies do not cook faster than the top half, producing a more evenly-cooked cookie.


While these cookies look rather ordinary, they are not easy to get right. As there is no fat in the recipe, their texture is rather on the hard side. In fact, if the dough is not mixed properly, they could end up as jaw-breakers. And/or if they are over-cooked they'll get hard as well. However, whether hard or "just right" they do have a pleasant lemon flavor. If you are looking for a fat-free, lemon-flavored cookie recipe this might be worth a try. Photo: by the contributor.

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