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Fave dei Morti

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 big cookies 1x


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7 oz sweet almonds, shelled and peeled

3 + 1/2 oz flour

3 + 1/2 oz sugar

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 large eggs

grated lemon peel and cinnamon powder


  1. Add the almonds, sugar, lemon peel, and cinnamon powder to a food processor, then blend everything until you get chunks half the size of a grain of rice. Don’t grind too much, otherwise the almonds will start to release oil.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add the flour, butter, and eggs, mixing with a spoon until you get a soft dough. You should be able to handle it with your hands. If it comes out too soft or greasy, you can add a tiny bit of water or liquor.
  3. Preheat the oven to 356° F and cover a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  4. Shaping the fave dei morti is easy. You can either form some medium-sized balls with your hands and then press them on top, or take some dough and pass it between two steel tablespoons until you get a roundish shape that resembles that of fava beans.
  5. Press them lightly on the top with your fingertips, then bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Take the fave dei morti away from the oven and the baking pan, and let them cool on a paper towel for a few minutes.
  7. Enjoy
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: Italian