WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A RECIPE SAYS "BRING TO ROOM TEMPERATURE"?
Eggs and butter incorporate more easily into a batter when they are at room temperature.
For butter: Remove from the refrigerator at least one hour or up to a day before using. To help butter warm up, cut it into pieces. Or if you are in a hurry, microwave it on 20 percent power for a few seconds at a time.
For eggs: Remove from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before using. For faster warming, soak whole eggs in a bowl of warm water until they are no longer cool to the touch, about 5 minutes.
Italian Cookie Recipes
Cookies, or biscotti, are the most loved and most eaten sweet in Italy. From hard, slightly sweet biscuit-like cookies that are eaten with the morning cappuccino to more elaborate confections filled with fruit and nuts for holidays and feast days.
Amaretti are a classic Italian cookie. They are made with finely ground almonds and a very small amount of flour. Amaretti are enjoyed not only as a sweet treat but as an ingredient in many Italian recipes.
Sweet treats like these are meant to bring some cheer to compensate for the sadness of All Soul's Day, sometimes called the "Day of the Dead," on November 2.
All Soul's Day Cookie Recipe >>
These traditional Italian cookies have a cake-like texture and a mild anise flavor. They are glazed with a delicate icing and topped with colorful candy sprinkles.
Anise and Orange Cookie Recipe >>
Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies that are made by baking cookie dough in long logs, cutting these into slices, and reheating them to dry them out.
Biscotti Recipes >>
Butter cookies are sweet, buttery, and crisp ... a perfect cookie combination. They are easy to make and decorate for any occasion.
Butter Cookie Recipe >>
Cantuccini are miniature biscotti that come from Prato, near Florence, Italy. Cantuccini are firmer and crisper than regular biscotti. They are commonly used for dipping in Vin Santo, a sweet dessert wine.
Cantuccini Recipe >>
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies taste like mini cherry pies. The butter and cream cheese in the dough create a flaky pastry; while the cherries, coconut, and jam blend
into a juicy fruit filling.
Cherry Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe >>
Chocolate chip cookies with a grown up flavor. The espresso acts to enhance the flavor of the chocolate.
Chocolate Espresso Cookie Recipe >>
Chocolate filled sandwich cookies are a favorite in Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Chocolate Baci Recipe >>
Share the sweet spirit of the season with Christmas cookies that "really say Christmas."
Christmas Cookie Recipes >>
Cuccidati is a Sicilian cookie that is almost like a pastry. It has a sweet dough that is wrapped around a filling of dried figs, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate that is flavored with orange and spices.
Cuccidati Recipe >>
This soft, slightly crumbly citrus-flavored cookie is known by a variety of names; Knot Cookies, Lemon Knots, and Anginetti are just a few.
Knot Cookie Recipe >>
Lace cookies are made from a dropped batter that spreads and separates as it bakes into lacy, brittle, see-through wafers.
Lace Cookie Recipe >>
Italian Cookie Recipes
A lot of Italian desserts use almond paste as an ingredient. Now you can make it yourself for less.
A traditional cookie served as part of an Italian wedding cookie tray, they are also a popular Christmas cookie.
Italian Wedding Cookie Recipe >>
Bocconotti, a word that literally means "small bites' are traditionally made in individual baking cups with a delicate lemon flavored pastry shell filled with a chocolate-almond filling.
Bocconotti Recipe >>
NUMBER CUTTERS TO MARK A SPECIAL YEAR
Use your heart cookie cutters in lots of different ways:
POLENTA: Cut firm polenta and saute
BEETS: Slice roasted beets and cut out hearts
FRENCH TOAST: Freeze the bread about 15 minutes before cutting out hearts
ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: Use a butter cookie recipe; sandwich 2 cookies with ice cream
SCONES: Cut the dough before baking
CARROTS: Slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds while raw, then cut our hearts. Add to soup and simmer until tender
BROWNIES: Cut the hearts after baking. Coat the cookies cutter with non-stick spray between cuts. Brownie recipe
HEART COOKIE CUTTERS