Bones of the Dead Cookies, aka Ossi dei Morti Cookies, are Italian almond flavored cookies that are baked to celebrate the Day of the Dead each year, but are also fitting for Halloween. These cookies have a crunchy exterior and soft interior. They’re perfect for dunking in coffee.
Ossi dei Morti means bones of the dead in Italian. This might sound a little creepy but I assure you these bones of the dead are not. They are actually little crunchy snow capped bites of deliciousness that have a beautiful significance behind them.
On November 1st and 2nd Italians and many others celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Known to some as the Day of the Dead. Instead of being a solemn day, it is a day filled with LOVE. A celebration to honor and give respect to all family members that have passed. It’s a beautiful tradition.
What countries eat almond flavored cookies called Bones of the Dead Cookies?
Italians, and many others, celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Known to some as the Day of the Dead.
Why are these cookies called Bones of the Dead Cookies?
Ossi dei Morti, means bones of the dead in Italian. These cookies are named not only for the day they are eaten, but because of their shape, coloring and texture, which is similar to a bone.
The cookies have a crunchy exterior and soft interior. Making them perfect to dunk into coffee or even dessert wine. The Bones of the Dead Cookies are made with almonds, lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves. They smell as amazing as they taste.
Store the Bones of the Dead cookies in an airtight container.
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- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 lemon - zested
- 1 egg white
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- powdered sugar - to dust
- Into the bowl of your stand mixer, add butter and mix until creamy. Add sugar, lemon zest, egg white and continue mixing.
- Into a separate bowl add: flour, cinnamon, almonds, and cloves. Whisk together. GRADUALLY add in flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl until a ball has formed. Add a tablespoon or two of lukewarm water if necessary to help form a ball.
- Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator to chill for a minimum of 20 - 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Onto a lightly floured surface, take small portions of the dough and roll into ropes that are approximately the size of your finger. Cut into 2 - 3" sections.Cut a slit in each end of sections. Use your fingers to shape into a bone. Continue until all dough has been rolled, cut and shaped.
- Transfer pieces to a rimmed baking sheet lined lined with a silicon mat. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and dust lightly with powdered sugar.
- Store cooled, uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
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