Brutti ma Buoni {Ugly but Good}

Just looking at these cookies makes me happy. They’re so light & airy & of course calorie free – tee hee (well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) The name of these cookies is Brutti ma Buoni, which is Italian for “Ugly but Good!” Yes, I do also giggle when I say that.  Quite honestly I’m not sure I agree. I’ve seen some ugly cookies before and these would most certainly not top the list. And you know I won’t go very long without letting you know how to pronounce them so here goes…brew-t ma bwa-own-e….Brava! You’re a natural *wink wink*

And they’re not difficult to make either. So much so that I’ve decided to include these in my Cookie Trays that I’m giving away as Christmas gifts! Woo hoo! You’ll need a double boiler for these, but if you don’t have an “official” double boiler no need to get one (I don’t have one myself, shocking I know LOL)

Just put a small amount of water into a sauce pan & then put a bowl on top. I actually use my large glass measuring bowl. It works beautifully plus has a handle on it. You’ll just whisk the egg whites & sugar over the double boiler for about 10 mins & then transfer to your stand mixer (or use your hand held mixer) fold in the remaining ingredients & drop those babies onto the lined cookie sheets. Easy Peasy.

The traditional Brutti ma Buoni cookies have crushed hazelnuts in them. Fabulous I know but I couldn’t find hazelnuts on my market run. But hey, I LOVE the substitution of Toblerone in here. I mean after all it is a Toblerone Bar & what’s not to love right? Plus it is pretty high up on my chocolate candy list (right after: Baci, Ferrero Roccher, Kinder Eggs, Milka Bars) Ah, chocolate how I love you so!

Be super careful with them coming out of the oven, if you drop them they’ll shatter into pieces. Okay, so yeah I’ve dropped one or two before that’s how I know. My goof up is your gain LOL

**Here’s a great idea for the egg yolks that you don’t need for this recipe, save the egg yolks & make some homemade mayonnaise!

Baci e’ Buon Natale!

Ugly But Good Cookies

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 3 Toblerone Bars - Chopped fine


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a pot with a decent amount of water over medium heat. Add another pot on top to create a double boiler. Into your double boiler pot add sugar, egg whites and whisk for approx 10 minutes until it thickens somewhat and you have a nice glossy consistency.
  2. Transfer mixture to your stand mixing bowl. With your paddle attachment mix on medium speed for approx 7-8 minutes until it's a nice silky consistency. Turn off mixer fold in Vanilla Extract, Flour and then the Toblerone.
  3. You'll need 2 cookie sheets lined with silpat mats or parchment paper. Drop the cookie mixture with a spoon onto the lined cookie sheets, leaving adequate space between cookies. Continue until your batter is depleted.
  4. Bake cookies for approx 25 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Careful not to drop them as they will crush easily.


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  1. 1

    yummy like Italian macarons

    • 1.1

      Ah thanks a bunch Rebecca! These seriously didn’t last half an hour LOL! So good!

  2. 2

    Oh, man, these look good. I like how you improvised with the Toblerone!

    • 2.1

      Grazie Elaine! Always thinking on my feet LOL ; ) & well you can’t really go too wrong with Toblerone : ) Buon Natale!

  3. 3

    I love the Toblerone twist on your brutti ma buoni.

    • 3.1

      Thanks so much Linda! I can’t wait to make these again, and again, and again LOL Oh so good!

  4. 4

    These look wonderful – I don’t even think they are ugly either!

    • 4.1

      Mwah! Thanks Mardi! I know, I think I should go ahead & change their name tee hee!

  5. 5

    I am completely in love with these. I don’t know where you get your ideas, but keep ’em coming! You are a continually inspiration 🙂

  6. 6

    They look lovely to me! Kinda like macarons or something – but with Toblerone, who could resist?

  7. 7

    I made something simliar to these last night but with ground up Peppermint candy canes! Delish!

    • 7.1

      Ciao Noelle! Crushed Candy Canes sounds dee-licious & so perfect for the holidays!

  8. 8

    You had me at Toblerone….my favorite candybar. You certainly made an “ugly” cookie beautiful!

    • 8.1

      Thanks Cathy! They’re just irresistible those Toblerone bars! I especially love the GINORMOUS ones they have in the stores right now : )

  9. 9

    OK, I’m gonna make some of these…maybe schmear some Nutella on top, too! 😉

  10. 10

    Definitely not ugly and thanks for the heads up on dropping them – I’ll be extra careful! Any excuse to buy Toblerone is a good one in my books. Thanks for sharing.

    • 10.1

      I’m so clumbsy, I drop things all the time ; ) & yes I had to pick up more Toblerone tonight at the grocery! Darn those ppl for putting them so close to the register LOL!

  11. 11

    Mmmm! Those look heavenly!

  12. 12

    These are not ugly they look sinful! Hazelnut and toblerone sold! yum yum yum

    • 12.1

      Grazie Nastassia! I’m not sure why they named them this way, I think they’re adorable & yes they’re divine!

  13. 13

    I make a variation of these – I love the addition of toblerone (it’s always in my Christmas stocking). Scumptious!

    • 13.1

      Ciao Claudia! Oh the possibilities are endless. They’re just simply delicious! & what a fab stocking stuffer ; ) Buon Natale!

  14. 14

    Oh yes, these are very very ugly! My experience has been the uglier they are the better they are. I’m making them this week. Thanks for the recipe. Looking at them makes you happy, but they make me melancholy because I immediately think of Italy when I see them, and how I miss being in Italia.

    • 14.1

      Ciao Kathy! Capisco ; ) Well hopefully when you’re eating them you’ll be flooded with fabulous Italian memories!

  15. 15

    ciao! questi biscottini sono irresistibili! mi mangerei lo schermo!

    • 15.1

      Ehila’ Federica! Sono troppo irresistibile. Ho mangiato troppo haha! Baci e’ Buon Natale!

  16. 16

    I know everyone else has said it but I’m going to say it too….Toblerone, yum! I’m going to have to try to make these.

    • 16.1

      Ah, thanks Dani! Mwah! I hope you love them too! I am making them for teacher gifts (well that’s if they make it into the containers LOL)

  17. 17

    I love calorie free desserts. Sign me up! Hee!

    They sound delicious. I don’t think they are ugly though.

    • 17.1

      Thanks Wendy! That’s the only kind I ever have around, calorie free I mean, tee hee!

  18. 18

    These look amazing!!!

    • 18.1

      Thanks bunches Jessica! I made another huge batch today to give away for Christmas gifts.

  19. 19

    Yum… these look great. I’ll have to give them a shot.

  20. 20

    I might have been able to resist if not for the Toblerone! Note to self: add Toblerone to shopping list.

  21. 21
    Eva /

    These aren’t ugly at all! They look super duper yummy! I’m going to try and make it…I hope mine turn out as well as yours. BTW: When you say 3 toblerone bars…how big are the bars? Regular candy bar size?

    • 21.1

      Ah, thanks a bunch Eva! I didn’t think so either. Sorry about that, I’ll go back in and add the specifics. You can use two regular size bars or three of the smaller bars. If you use more they’ll just be more Tobleroney ; )

  22. 22

    ugly but good and addictive! I could eat like 5 of those

  23. 23
    roberta /

    E’ la prima volta che vedo la ricetta dei brutti ma buoni. Sono dolci piemontesi e mi fa piacere vederli così lontani da casa ma così felici di essere mangiati!!!
    Qui li vendono le pasticcerie, incartati ad uno ad uno come fossero caramelle.
    Greetings from Italy

    • 23.1

      Grazie’ mille per i complimenti Roby! I Brutti ma Buoni sono i miei preferetti biscotti! Posso mangiarle OGNI giorno ; ) Un bacione! A presto…

  24. 24

    YUM!!! I’m so glad you linked these up! They look delicious, ugly and all 😉 I can’t wait to try these!

    And.. chocolate.. oh.. chocolate 🙂 *sigh*

  25. 25
    Luice /

    I’ve been waiting to make these for weeks and I finally did. They look NOTHING like yours! Mine were definitely ugly but still good. How did you get them to fluff up like that?

  26. 26
    emmalina /

    I made these and they turned out gorgeous and delish. Never mind the brutti part! But I have a friend who is Celiac, so do you think cornstarch would work instead of the flour?


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