COOKIES
Biscotti

Artisanal cookies featuring top-of-the-line ingredients, ancient and modern flavor combinations, and just-out-of-the-oven freshness. Click on the thumbnail for full description with quantities, prices and ingredient list/allergen warning.

Almond Meringue
Amaretti classici
Crunchy almond cookies

Almond
Amaretti morbidi
Chewy almond cookies

Lady’s kisses
Baci di dama
Choco-hazelnut sandwiches

Lemon knot
Anginetti
Fluffy lemon cookies

Little horses
Cavallucci
Spicy orange peel cookies

Pine nut
Pignoli
Pine nut almond cookies

Waffle
Pizelle
Crisp waffle cookies

Ugly but Delicious
Brutti ma buoni
Hazelnut meringue cookies

Chocolate Biscotti
Biscotti Cioccolato
Crunchy chocolate biscotti

Almond Biscotti
Biscotti di Prato
Crunchy almond biscotti

Sienese Almond
Ricciarelli
Almond paste cookies

Ceravolo Almond Log
Biscotti al Ceravolo
Almond flour cookies

Italian Rainbow
Almond cake bars

Lemon Biscuit Rings
Taralli al limone
Crunchy lemon cookies

Butter Cookies from Burano
Buranelli
Lemon egg yolk cookies

Munchy Bones
Ossi dei Morti

Venetian Cornmeal Raisin Cookies
Zaletti

Sicilian Chocolate Spice Cookies 
Totò al cioccolato

 
 
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Almond Meringue
Amaretti classici

Small, round almond cookies with a shatteringly crisp exterior and a moist intensely almond-flavored interior achieved by bringing egg whites into stiff peak stage before gently stirring into almond flour. Similar in flavor and texture to French macaron halves. A specialty of northern Italy dating back to the mid-seventeenth century. Gluten free!

$8/bag
(approximately 12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: almonds, sugar, egg whites, pure almond extract, salt.
Allergen warning: contains egg, tree nuts (almonds).


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Almond
Amaretti morbidi


Like its cousin Amaretti classici, Amaretti morbidi are moist, soft, addictive and easy to freeze! With almond flour as the primary ingredient, these cookies pair an intense almond flavor with a wonderfully satisfying chewiness. Make them your daily luxury. Gluten free, too!

$7/bag
(approximately 12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: almonds, sugar, egg, almond extract, salt.
Allergen warning: contains egg, tree nuts (almonds).


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Lady’s kisses
Baci di dama


An adorable Italian cookie from the Piedmont region, these miniature buttery hazelnut shortbread cookies feature a dollop of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate peeking out between the sandwiched hazelnut-infused cookies. For chocolate lovers, a special double chocolate Baci di dama can be custom ordered. As an added bonus — these cookies can be stored for several weeks in an airtight container.

$10/bag
(approximately 20 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: hazelnuts, wheat flour, sugar, butter, semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), salt.
Allergen warning: contains dairy (milk, butter), wheat flour, tree nuts (hazelnuts), soy.

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Lemon knot
Anginetti


Like many lemony desserts, Anginetti originated in the Campania region of southern Italy, where lemon groves thrive on the slopes of Vesuvius. A gluttonous amount lemon zest is incorporated into the dough, which is then formed into a rope and knotted before being baked. They are pillowy soft and white on the inside, with a distinctive lemon aroma, topped with fresh lemony icing coaxed into an appealing pale yellow color with natural tumeric.

$7/bag
(approximately 10 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, eggs, butter, lemon, baking powder, salt, tumeric.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, egg, dairy (butter).


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Little horses
Cavallucci


For a taste of Renaissance Sienna, try cavallucci! This cookie’s variations are as endless as the theories for why they are called “little horses” but all have an unusual, 16th century flavor profile. One of the more plausible explanations, in our opinion, deals with Sienna’s horse-racing fame. These twice yearly world-famous horse races, dating back to 1656, the Palio di Siena, draw tourists from around the world, so it made sense that long ago, these cookies used to be imprinted with a horse image. In Italy, these cookies are often dipped in wine before eating. Our version uses honey, white pepper, anise, homemade candied orange peel, and walnuts, and is slightly softer than the Italian version so it can be deliciously accompanied with or without wine.   For a unique host gift, try gifting a bag of cavallucci with a bottle of vin santo.

$7/bag
(approximately 10 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, orange peel (orange peel, sugar, corn syrup), walnuts, honey, raisins, anise, baking powder, cloves, pepper, salt.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, tree nuts (walnuts).


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Pine nut
Pignoli


Pignoli are a revered cookie in the Italian bakery repertoire. Originally from Sicily in southern Italy, pignoli are golden, chewy almond macarons studded with toasted buttery pine nuts. Our version perfects the Zingerman’s Bakehouse pignoli recipe to be slightly more mounded and slightly less sweet (which intensifies the almond and pine nut flavor) with the ideal crunch to chew ratio.

$9/bag
(approximately 12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: almonds, sugar, egg white, pine nuts, flour, butter, baking powder, honey, salt.
Allergen warning: wheat flour, tree nuts (almonds, pine nuts), egg.

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Waffle
Pizelle


Most of us are familiar with the tidy machine-made stack of pizelle locked inside a plastic clamshell container, faintly reminiscent of cardboard. Too few of us know the authentic pizelle, which are a very distant cousin to the supermarket variety. Our pizelle are light but crispy, without any of the preservatives that allow the storebought version to sit on shelves for months. Italian pizelle, in flavors such as anise, orange and vanilla, are not only intricately detailed by a traditional waffle iron, but they make the perfect, light yet crunchy contrast to your favorite gelato or semifreddo dessert.

$8/bag
(approximately 12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, pure anise extract, salt.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, dairy (butter), eggs.


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Ugly but Delicious
Brutti ma buoni


Largely unknown to Americans, brutti ma buoni are a cookie featured in nearly every pasticerria and dolceria in Italy, and their singular preparation, involving cooking whipped egg whites (yes, cooked meringue!) and sugar over the stove before baking in the oven, yields a cookie that is unsightly on the outside, but chewy and nutty meringue-like on the inside. While hundreds of recipes for brutti ma buoni are available at the click of a button, the best, in my opinion, are the Lombard version containing roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts (which release fewer oils than nut meal) and a hint of vanilla.   They may not be the prettiest cookie in the display shelf, but the taste and texture are sublime. After you’ve been won over by their homely appearance, your afternoon coffee or tea won’t feel quite right unless paired up with one of these dolci.

$8/bag
(approximately 12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, eggs, hazelnuts, vanilla, salt.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, eggs, tree nuts (hazelnuts).


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Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Biscotti Mandorla e Cioccolato


Biscotti hardly need an explanation. Their preparation, involving two trips into the oven (biscotti literally means twice-baked), makes them perfect for dunking in coffee or wine. Like traditional biscotti italiani, our biscotti contain no butter, which gives them a crunchy texture. Yet, ground up Ghirardelli chocolate, almonds and eggs provide a hint of moistness to keep your dentist happy. Their shelf life, even without artificial preservatives, is legendary. Rumor has it that Christoper Columbus packed biscotti for his trans-Atlantic voyage due to their staying power. Keep them in an airtight container and they will easily give you cookie love for weeks.

$6/bag
(approximately 10 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, almonds, semisweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, salt.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, tree nuts (almonds), soy, eggs.

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Siennese Almond Biscotti
Biscotti di Prato


Ask any Italian what biscotti looks like, and he/she will describe for you a Biscotti di Prato, a mainstay cookie you will find in every Tuscan pantry worth its salt. Light, crisp, studded with almonds, and extra golden due to additional egg yolks in the batter, these biscotti are smaller than American-style biscotti but have a highly recognizable texture and flavor. In Italy, even the crumbs of these cookies are saved to garnish other desserts. The crunchy texture makes them perfect for dipping into wine (as the Italians do), coffee, or our own humble method — eating straight out of the bag when all the kids are in school.

$6/bag
(approximately 10 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, almonds, eggs, baking powder, vanilla, salt.
Allergen warning: contains wheat flour, eggs, tree nuts (almonds).


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Sienese Almond
Ricciarelli


If you are a fan of marzipan, you will want to get to know these little treats with their ancient pedigree. Ricciarelli are essentially baked marzipan in the guise of a cookie. According to legend, these cookies were brought to the Sienna region by Ricciardetto della Gherardesca after his return from the Crusades, but since they are so delectable, let’s not hold that against them. Shaped like Madonna eyes depicted in early Siennese paintings, the main ingredient in these traditional cookies is dense, rich almond paste.   I adapted this recipe from a Zingerman’s Bakehouse Italian Cookie class.

$9/bag
(approximately 10-12 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: Almond paste (almonds, sugar, light corn syrup, pure almond extract), almonds, egg white, vanilla extract, salt.
Allergen warning: contains tree nuts (almonds), egg white.


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Ceravolo Almond Log Cookies
Biscotti al Ceravolo


Huge glass jars of these cookies were available in every common room of the Masseria Ceravolo in Puglia, Italy. Both like and yet unlike traditional amaretti morbidi, these are baked in log form before being rolled in powerdered sugar and cut. These biscotti use the entire egg (in keeping with southern Italy’s cucina povera cuisine style which literally translates as “poor kitchen” but which really means frugal genius). These will keep in a sealed container for weeks, but if they last that long in your house, you’re probably on an extended vacation. Gluten free!

$8/bag
(approximately 10 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: Almonds, sugar, egg, pure lemon extract, salt.
Allergen warning: Tree nuts (almonds), egg.

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Italian Rainbow
Cookies


These impressive cookies are a roaring party in cube form! If you are Italian-American, or if you are an Italophile, these need to be on your dessert table several times each year, but especially at Christmas. These cookies were invented in the Italian-American immigrant community early in the last century as a delicious way to celebrate Italian heritage and culture. Now you get to celebrate them for their almondy flavor and their party profile, but without the time-consuming two day experience of preparing them yourself!

$12/bag
(approximately 20 cookies per bag)

Ingredients: Wheat flour, raspberry preserves, almond paste (almonds, sugar, light corn syrup, pure almond extract), butter, dark chocolate (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and palm oils, nonfat dry milk, cocoa, soy lecithin, salt), sugar, eggs, pure almond extract, artificial red #40, artificial yellow #5, artificial blue #1), salt.
Allergen warning: wheat flour, tree nuts (almonds), eggs, soy.


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Lemon Biscuit Rings
Taralli al limone


It’s hard to find a corner of Italy without its own version of taralli, which, in Italy, come in both sweet and savory versions, large and small. Our version, small and slightly sweet, is a lightly crunchy cookie with a simple lemon glaze colored naturally with tumeric. Flavors are customizable to anise, vanilla, almond, orange, and chocolate. Red wine taralli are nibbled on after every meal while enjoying conversation and drinking the last of the wine (a popular Italian saying goes “tutto finisce a tarallucci e vino” which means, “it all works out in the end”). With their honest, not-too-sweet flavor and crunchy texture, taralli – in any flavor – would make a delicious accompaniment for wine tastings.

$7/bag
(approximately 12 per bag)

Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, pure lemon extract, pure vanilla extract, baking powder.
Allergen warning: Contains wheat flour, eggs.


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Butter Cookies from Burano
Buranelli


It’s easy to imagine the wives of Burano’s fisherman sending them off on their fishing and war-mongering voyages with bags of buranelli. In Italy, these cookies come either round like a compass, or backward “S” shaped, and they are as famous in Burano as the homemade lace and the Technicolor rowhouses that helped the fishermen identify their homes from off-shore. Primarily composed of flour, egg yolk (true buranelli use no egg white), and butter, these slightly sweet, very crunchy cookies can last months if properly stored (in fact, rumor has it that buranelli are stored in underwear drawers due to their lovely citrus aroma and long shelf life). A hungry, homesick Burano fisherman must have reached into his pocket for this delicious comfort food in the same way Frodo did with his Elven Lembas Bread. Try rosemary-laced buranelli ($7/bag) as a custom order!

$7/bag
(approximately 8-10 per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, egg yolk, butter, pure lemon extract, pure vanilla extract, salt.
Allergen warning: Contains wheat floor, egg, dairy (butter).

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Munchy Bones
Ossi dei Morti


This recipe took 18 months to track down, and finding it was like solving the Da Vinci Code. Although traditionally offered in the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead on November 2, these cookies are too fabulous to offer only a few weeks of the year. Our compromise is that these are offered all year, but in October, they will be bone-shaped, as they are in many places throughout Italy. These cookies are 50% air and 50% almond flavored cookie crunch!

$6/bag
(approximately 8-10 per bag)

Ingredients: sugar, wheat flour, almonds, egg, pure almond essence, baking powder, salt, pepper.
Allergen warning: Contains wheat flour, tree nuts (almonds), egg.


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Venetian Cornmeal Raisin Cookies
Zaletti


These crunchy, yellow, barely sweet cookies from the Veneto can just as easily take the place of cornbread alongside your Superbowl chili.   They take their name from Venetian dialect for yellow (“zàlo“), roughly translating to “little yellow things”. With their slightly sweet flavor profile, these little yellow things contrast beautifully with either cheese or chocolate.

$6/bag
(approximately 12 per bag)

Ingredients: wheat flour, cornmeal, butter, sugar, egg yolk, golden raisins, milk, pinenuts, pure vanilla extract, Grappa, baking powder, salt
Allergen warning: Contains wheat flour, egg, dairy (butter, milk), tree nuts (pinenuts).



Sicilian Chocolate Spice Cookies
Totò al cioccolato


The flavors in this cakey cookie show how Greek, Roman and Arab cultures influenced the flavors of southern Italy. The subtle coffee, chocolate, cloves, white pepper and cinnamon in this cookie were all imported to Sicily from other parts of the world. Also known as tuto, tetu, dudus, and perhaps most descriptively, meatball cookies, our version is studded with mini Ghirardelli chocolate chips and finished with a thick deep chocolate coating. In holiday months, these cookies have a festive sprinkling, and in other months, we use Belgian pearl sugar for a beautiful contrast.

$5/bag
(approximately 10 per bag)

Ingredients: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate riboflavin, folic acid, malted barley flour), sugar, butter, eggs, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, white pepper, baking soda, pure vanilla extract, semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), brewed coffee, salt.
Allergen warning: contains dairy ( butter), wheat, soy.