Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies


Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies
Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies. Ugly. But. Good.

That is the literal Italian to English translation of the name of these cookies. In my opinion they should be called light and irresistible or the incredible disappearing cookie instead of ugly but who am I to argue with the most beautiful language on the planet? I will just continue to refer to them as “Brutti Ma Buoni” because that sounds so much more appealing than Ugly. But. Good.

Let’s focus on the good part now shall we? If you have a strong arm you can whip up a few baking trays of these meringue-esque beauties in no time at all. Luckily all my risotto making has trained me well for the whisking that goes into this recipe.
Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

Just consider all that continuous whisking your exercise for the day or what I like to call the reason I can eat extra cookies once they’re finished. The only special equipment that you’ll need is a double boiler and either a stand mixer or an electric mixer. I MacGyver up a double boiler by simply placing the bowl of my stand mixer onto a pot that is simmering with water.

You know how much I hate to do dishes and this alleviates an extra bowl. Smart right? Make good choices and use a kitchen towel or an oven mitt to hold the bowl while stirring, wouldn’t want you to burn yourself.

Brutti ma Buoni Cookies.Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

Traditional Brutti Ma Buoni cookies are made using crushed nuts, in most cases hazelnuts which I do love but you know what I love even more? Chocolate and nuts. Aka Toblerone bars. The Swiss have a good thing going there and my version contains finely chopped Toblerone.

Brutti ma Buoni Cookies

A little TIP, these are incredibly dainty and will crush easily so be careful when removing them from the oven and transferring to their cooling rack. IF they happen to crush, fear not, use them as a garnish on your ice cream. Lemonade. Let’s always make lemonade friends.

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Brutti Ma Buoni Cookies

Brutti ma Buoni (translates to ugly but good) are Italian meringue cookies that melt in your mouth.



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place a heavy bottom pot filled 1/3 way with water over medium heat so water simmers. Add another pot on top to create a double boiler.
  3. Into double boiler pot add: sugar, egg whites. Whisk for approx 10 minutes OR until it thickens and you have a glossy texture.
  4. Transfer mixture to the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix on medium speed for approximately 7-8 minutes OR until it's a nice silky consistency.
  5. Fold in vanilla, flour and Toblerone.Using a small cookie scoop (or 1 tablespoon measuring spoon) Scoop out mixture onto parchment lined baking sheets leaving at least 2" between each.
  6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Careful not to drop them as they will crush easily.


  1. 1
    Sarina /

    These look yummy Can they be frozen?

  2. 2

    Ugly?!? I say they look heavenly! What a great cookie!

  3. 3

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!

  4. 4

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to make these!

  5. 5

    Ugly… that’s craziness! They look delicious Paula!

  6. 6

    These look insanely delicious! I love toblerone bars!

  7. 7
    Katie /

    Okay, dumb question time: what are you considering “small” toblerone bars? The almost bite size ones, or the size up from that? Thanks! I can’t wait to make these 🙂

  8. 8

    Holy Moly!!! I’m making these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 9

    These look both beautiful and good! I don’t if I could get them to come out of the oven looking this way, but I’m definitely giving this recipe a try.

  10. 10

    Ooo girl, love that crispy crust!

  11. 11
    Joelen /

    Ugly, these are not! Looks like a wonderful holiday cookie!

  12. 12

    I don’t have a high success rate with meringue-type cookies, but these just might inspire me to try again…

  13. 13

    I’ve never heard of these before, but they look AMAZING! And how can you go wrong with crushed Toblerone?

  14. 14

    Can I just crush them all accidentally-on purpose to put on ice cream? 😉

  15. 15
    Vicki /

    Oh my goodness!! My Nonna used to make these when I was a kid – I have so missed them 🙂 The Toblerone is a nice touch. Thanks!!

  16. 16

    These are beautiful winter cookies–and they look delicious!

  17. 17

    Little known fact…ugly food always tastes better 🙂 these look fabulous Paula!!

  18. 18

    These look fabulous – what a perfect cookie for the holidays!

  19. 19

    These cookies are so Christmassy and festive, Paula! Love them!

  20. 20

    This cookies looks fantastic. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

  21. 21
    Mary /

    Lydia Bastianich on her PBS cooking show has the same cookie but a better, more predictable recipe that partially cooks it on the stove after beating it.


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