Canestrelli are tender shortcrust biscuits cut with an irresistible texture that melts in your mouth. Flavored with butter, lemon zest, and vanilla bean, these Italian cookies are the perfect shortbread for afternoon tea or holiday cookie trays.
Today I decided to prepare a very famous Italian cookie: Canestrello.
It is a special shortcrust pastry cookie cut in the shape of a flower and dusted with icing sugar.
These little three-bite cookies are impossible to miss! Every time I pass the box I have to take one or two.
They are a not too sweet cookie that is perfect with a morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea.
And, of course, they are a wonderful addition to cookie trays and gift packages.
There are several recipes to prepare these crumbly and delicious cookies
but certainly my favorite is that of “Canestrello di Torriglia”, a small country village in the hinterland of Portofino.
My grandfather used to take me there as a child to buy them because he had a house in the countryside nearby.
Like most shortbreads, the butter is the star of the show in this canestrelli recipe, but a couple secret ingredients set this recipe apart.
Video recipe of the day
- CostVery cheap
- Preparation time15 Minutes
- Cooking time15 Minutes
- Serving24 COOKIES
The canestrelli cookie mold can be easily found on the internet.
Alternatively, you can use a flower mold with petals and make the hole in the center with a circular cookie cutter.This Italian shortbread is a great recipe to make ahead of time.
Shortcrust pastry can also be prepared in advance.
Feel free to mix the dough, then wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 3 days.
You may need to reheat the dough for 10 minutes on the counter before rolling.
Baked shortbread will keep for up to a week, they should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
Canestrelli can be frozen. I recommend freezing the cookies after they are baked for best results.
I put them in a plastic bag with parchment paper between each layer.
Frozen Canestrelli cookies will last up to 3 months, defrost them at room temperature.
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