These cookies are traditional to the Island of Burano in Venice. They are sold unfrosted in bags.
Some folks these dip them in sweet wine. A perfect accompaniment for coffee here in America or with espresso.
Originally these cookies were only baked on Easter Sunday now they are available in Burano all year round.
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Many woman in that village would make the dough and bring them to the local bakeries to be baked and packaged to be sent off with their husbands that would be gone for long periods of time fishing and out to sea.
These cookies hold up and travel well. They come in various shapes not only S shaped. Basic simple biscotti in ring shaped also with a nice crunch to them.
They are never sold frosted in Burano. I chose to add a glaze and sprinkle as it gave it a nice bit of sweetness.
Original cookies do not have frosting. They are not sweet cookies, a light frosting will compliment them. This became a favorite of ours.
The dough is very easy to work with. The S is the is simply rolled into a rope then shaped into an S shape. These cookies traditional have either anisette in them or lemon. Depending on the Region in Italy making them.
Most Italian households make these around Christmas time now as a tradition cookie on the tray. Being Italian American we surely always have these on our tray around the Holidays but not just for Christmas for Easter as well.
After you shape the cookies, place them on parchment paper so they evenly brown on the bottom. Plus they are easier to remove without them breaking.
I love the traditional nonpareils on top of the frosting. You can sprinkle whatever you like. Red and Green sugar look nice on them at Christmas time.
If you can find pastel colored sprinkles they look very festive around the Easter holiday. I also like to use this dough to make rings and decorate them with jelly beans frosted with light pastels colored frosting to look like birds nests. You would use tinted green coconut to make the bird nests.
These are a butter Greek version with powdered sugar. They melt in your mouth and a traditional Greek cookies made around the holiday. We love these also. Both recipes are below for you to try.
I would love to hear which one you like the best. Feel free to leave message. Thanks for reading.