Canestreletti ~ Short Bread Cookies

  • 25 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • 30 mins Resting Time
  • serves 4 dozen

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My grandmother favorite Christmas cookies. Actually they were my grandfather favorite and my grandmother always prepared them for him for Christmas. Of course my mother carried the tradition that was passed down to me.

It would not be Christmas without at least three, if not four batches of those divine little morsels.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 910 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 317mg106%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 126mg4%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1680IU34%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • 25 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 10 mins cook
  • 30 mins Resting Time
  • serves 4 dozen


Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 1/2 lemon rind finely grated
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks (save the egg white)


  1. Mix all the above ingredients until you are able to roll the dough with some ease. 

  2. Let it rest, covered in a dark spot for at least 30 minutes. 

  3. Roll it out to a ¼ of inch and use favorite cutters to make cookies. Place the cookies on parchment paper. With a small brush, brush over a light coat of egg white.

  4. Bake in the oven at 375F for 10 minutes or when golden.

  5. Let it cool off and sprinkle powder sugar over it. 



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Comments (2) Post a Reply

  1. Maria says:

    I can imagine the subtle citrusy aroma spreading in the house while these cookies are in the oven. Lovely memories to go with a lovely recipe.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Maria

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