Italian S Cookies or Greek

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Italian S cookies are perfect with coffee or tea. They really have a wonderful history and story behind them. Check out this amazing recipe below

S shaped cookies that are an Italian traditional cookie

 Italian S Cookies or Greek Cookie

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.

 Italian S Cookies or Greek Cookie

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.  

Italian dough for cookies in the shape of an S

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.
italian S cookies cooling frosted with sprinkles

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 greek S shaped butter cookie

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.

Recipe 1 Delicious Venetian Cookies (Bussola Buranello Cookies)

Delicious Venetian Cookies
(Bussola Buranello Cookies) 

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar
Beat together until light around 3 minutes.

Add to the butter mixture:

4 large egg yolks
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla (I love lemon so I use 1  teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon extract) or of course you can skip lemon all together and use anise flavoring that's what my grandmother loved to use and traditional flavor
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel

Mix all together until the dough blends together in a ball. If the dough is too dry add a few drops of cream or water. All moisture comes from the eggs.
    Wrap in plastic for 1 hour. Roll dough out into S shapes, making long ropes and bending the dough to shape into S forms. Place of greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 13 to 17 minutes. Leave plain or frost with a mixture of powdered sugar and water glaze then use sprinkles on top if you like.

    1 cup butter softened
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon anise or almond extract
    2 1/4 cups flour
    1 egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon extract
    pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
    Powdered sugar for garnish

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    Cream the sugar in a large bowl with butter until light. Add all the rest of the ingredients except powdered sugar until ball forms.
    Using around 2 teaspoons of dough roll into a log then form S shapes placing on cookie sheets. Bake until slightly browned edges form on the sides around 10 minutes. Cool completely then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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        1. favourite type of cookies looks wonderful

        2. Which ever way , I love cookies like this. They simply disappear in your mouth

        3. My mother used to make a cookie similar to these. Thank you so much for sharing. Can't wait to make them!


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