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I Monaci... traditional Christmas cookies from Puglia as made by Nonna Rita originally from Mola di Bari.

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60 cookies
  • Key Ingredient: Vin Cotto (Get some HERE!)

  • External Chocolate Dough:
  •  1 Lb Flour
  • 3 1/2 Oz Sugar
  • 1 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1 Tbs Milk
  • 1 Tbs Bitter Cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Clove powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups Vin Cotto
  • Internal Pasta Reale:
  •  1/2 Lb Raw almonds
  • 1/4 Lb Sugar
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 Tsp Anice extract
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
    Icing:
  • 1/2 Lb Powder sugar
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa powder
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2-3 Drops of Anice extract

 

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  1. As a the first step,  prepare the Internal Pasta Reale. Boil the almonds and remove the peel. Once the almonds are cold and somewhat dry, put them in a food processor or a blender and chop them finely.
  2. Put the chopped almonds in a bowl, add the lemon zest, a pinch of cinnamon, the sugar and the egg whites. Mix until the egg whites dilute the sugar and the mixture becomes a paste. Set aside.
  3. Now prepare the External dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, put all the ingredients of the external dough and mix them all very well.
  4. The ball of dough you obtain will be rather soft, so add a little flour to help you remove it from the mixer and put is aside.
  5. On a wooden board, take a chunk of the external dough and with a rolling pin, flatten it longways about 2 1/2" wide and 1/4" thick. Cut around the edges to make the dough straight and even on all sides.
  6. Deposit at the center a line of the internal dough of about 1" wide and 1/2" thick. Enclose the internal dough with external dough so that it looks like a tube. Flatten the dough with your hands and with a sharp knife, cut it diagonally every 1" to get your cookies.
  7. Put all your cookies on a baking sheet and bake them at 350F for 20 Mins.
  8. Prepare the Icing:
  9. Once all the cookies have been baked and cooled off you can put icing on them.
  10. In a bowl, add all your icing ingredients and mix them well.  The icing will be very soft.
  11. With a brush or your finger, put some icing on each cookie and let them dry.
  12. Once they all dry, they are ready to be served.
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Review by Nonna Antoinette , Saturday, 15 November 2014 vote imagevote imagevote imagevote image
This recipe comes just in time for Christmas! Thank you nonna Rita!
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