spikesgirl58 (spikesgirl58) wrote,

Ossi dei Morti: Bones of the Dead

I grew up knowing these as Dead Man's Bones. One of my da's former in-laws would make them. He was married to Rose Bottomini before my mum came along. Rose passed away from cancer and he married my mum, but he never lost his love for Italian everything. These were a fixture and I could never find the right recipe... until now. I found this on Good.Food.Stories
and they are perfect!

• 1 cup (142 grams; 5 ounces) toasted unblanched almonds*
• 1 1/2 cups (300 grams; 3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
• 2 large eggs
• 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 1/4 cups (150 grams; 5 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour

1.Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2.Pulse the almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground (but not until they have turned into almond butter!). Set aside.

3.In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed.

4.Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the lemon juice and almond extract.

5.Add the flour and ground almonds.

6.Beat on medium-low speed until the dough's texture is soft and sticky but elastic, about 3-4 minutes.

7.Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and mold the dough into a ball.

8.Tear off a piece of dough roughly the size of a baseball. Keep the rest of the dough covered with a damp kitchen towel while you are forming the cookies so that it doesn’t dry out.

9.Use your hands to roll the piece of dough out into a thin rope about 1/2 inch wide and 24 inches long.

10.Cut the rope into 3-inch-long pieces with a knife or bench scraper. You should get about 8 pieces per rope.

11.Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

12.Bake until the cookies are golden and fragrant, about 15-20 minutes.

13.Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes to firm up before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

14.Repeat with the rest of the dough.

15.The cookies will last a while in an airtight container, though remember that a hard texture is desired and that they will become wonderfully chewy when dunked in a cup of coffee or vin santo.


*To toast the almonds, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and put the sheet in the oven for 8 minutes, or until almonds are starting to become fragrant and just lightly brown.

Watch them carefully, since they will continue to cook as they cool.
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