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Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword canestrelli, canestrelli italian cookies, cookies, dessert, italian canestrelli, Italian cookie recipe, Italian cookies, shape italian cookies, shortbreads, sugar cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 dozen
Calories 910 kcal


  • ½ lemon rind 1/2 lemon rind finely grated
  • 3 cups unbleached flour 3 cups unbleached flour
  • ½ cup powder sugar 1/2 cup powder sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks 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 an inch and use favorite cutters to make cookies. Place the cookies on parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. 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. 

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.