Today I will share with you the recipe for Dolci Pellegrino, traditional lemon flavoured cookies from the city of Naples. Apparently these cookies, like many other Neapolitan and Sicilian sweets, were created by the nuns of a convent. These nuns were also helping out at the Pellegrini Hospital (thus the name) and would make these quick but delicious cookies for the sick people they were looking after. These cookies are perfect for breakfast and tea time and they are very delicate, with just a hint of lemon. My kids love them, so I try and make them as often as I can! Enjoy!
- 100 gms – ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 50 gms – ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 50 gms – 2 ¼ tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp milk
- Zest of 1 lemon grated
- 1 pinch ammonia bicarbonate powder
- 1/8 tsp vanilla essence
- Icing Sugar
Melt the butter and mix it with the milk.
Put all the ingredients (including the milk and butter mixture) in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Roll the dough into a 3mm – 1/8inch thick square. Cut it in 15 squares.
Put the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C – 355°F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
When cold, dust with icing sugar and serve.