Brutti ma buoni

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Brutti ma buoni, originally uploaded by yongtze.

Literally meaning ‘Ugly but good’, this is one of the classic Italian cookies. Even though they don’t look very inviting, but they are sure delicious, if you like almond. A perfect after-dinner treat to be accompanied by coffee.

Makes about 18

– 1 cup almonds, toasted
– half cup plus 1 tablespoon caster sugar
– 2 egg whites
– dash of cinnamon

1. Finely chop the almonds with 1 tablespoon of sugar in a food processor. Beat the egg whites until soft peak forms. Beat in the remaining sugar and beat until stiff peak forms.

2. Gently fold in the almonds and cinnamon into the beaten egg whites. Cook this mixture over very low heat, stirring continuously , until it comes away from the sides of the saucepan. Set aside for a few minutes.

3. Place heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture on a baking paper. Allow room for expanding of the cookies. Bake in a preheated oven at about 150 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. Serve cold.

Also try using toasted hazelnuts instead of almonds. Or adding 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder to the mixture.

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