This recipe is one that’s been handed down to me from my mom, which was handed down to her from her own mom; then back generations, originating in Sicily. And they resemble biscotti in a lot of ways, only they are Sicilian cookies. Also, when looking up Papatelli, I saw pictures of them that looked like biscotti. However none looked quite like the ones passed down in our family. They also sound like Italian pepper cookies, in the way that the recipes resemble each other with similar ingredients. Though our cookies are called Papatelli. I hope you enjoy.
Ingredients for Papatelli
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp each of Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, and Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Orange Rind with juice
- 1 Cup of Raisins
- 12 oz of Sliced Almonds; (recipe originally calls for 1 lb, but we add a little bit less)
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil; (I use Grapeseed Oil)
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Milk for Moistening; (just a splash to moisten the dough)
- First, preheat oven to 375°.
- Next, measure and mix all dry ingredients, except raisins and nuts.
- In separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, orange juice, and vegetable oil.
- Then, gradually add dry mix into the wet mix, mixing on low to medium speed. And add splash of milk as needed.
- Last, add nuts and raisins, and continue to mix by hand, adding more flour to your hands if needed to keep dough together.
- Then, on a floured surface, split dough into 2 and roll out like sausages, 1 inch wide and slice diagonally, ~ 1-1.5 inches long.
- Next, place the dough 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets.
- Then bake for 15 mins.
- Finally, cool and enjoy!
Now everyone in my extended family makes these cookies with a white glaze for extra sweetness. However we don’t, since my daughters and I love these cookies just as they are out of the oven, once they’ve cooled. The blend of spices, chocolate, nuts, and raisins make these cookies the perfect snack. Furthermore, they’re deceptively easy to forget how many calories you’re ingesting. We can readily eat several of these before a meal, after a meal, or in place of a meal. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
What are your Christmas traditions? Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that you make in your own family?