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brutti ma buoni

'ugly but good' cookies

Invented in Prato, the basic recipe is made with egg whites, sugar and chopped, toasted nuts—hazelnuts usually, or almonds, or pistachios; most add cinnamon, while some add bitter chocolate or dates. Sometimes called simply bruttiboni or Mandorlati di San Clemente.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Nyaleere, Creative Commons License