Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Cookies

Easter cookies, or Canatedi con L'ouva as they are called in Sicilian are a traditional Easter cookie made for kids.  I grew up making these with my mom. I am continuing the tradition, making these cookies together with my children today. It's a beautiful part of Italian culture, the celebration of each holiday with certain foods. It is a piece of my culture I love to partake in.

You'll need:

Italian S Cookie recipe (see link below)
24 colored hard boiled eggs
In this recipe, I used my Italian S Cookies recipe.  The only change is to use 3 teaspoons less baking powder, so the cookies don't puff up too much and loose their cute duckie shape.

Roll out the dough in 1/4 in sheets and cut them into ducks and rabbits.  Place on the baking sheet then secure a colored hard boiled egg in the belly with a criss cross strip of dough about 1 inch wide, pushing it into the dough to stay in place.  Add a candy for the eye and it's done.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden.  These cookies cook similarly to the S cookies, just faster since they are thinner.

Thats Nonna, some of my brother's kids and most of mine!

I drew and cut a duck and bunny shape out of paper. I then laid them on top of the rolled out dough and cut the duckies out with a rolling wheel. This way they're all uniform.


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