Biscotti di Pasta Frolla e Marmellata-Italian Jam Cookies

If you look closely to the top right of this pretty little cookie, you will see some smudges. You may see actually a couple others on the left side as well. That’s what happens when you bake with your kids.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Palm Beach Post today in their Food and Dining section. We baked with the lovely Libby from the Post. Her favorite cookie was the Baci di Dama (Ladies’ Kisses). You can find the article and the recipe to the Baci di Dama over here.
120111 (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH - Lora Giorgi bakes Christmas cookies with her family and friends in West Palm Beach including her son Luca, 5, and her daughter Gabriella, 10.
photo courtesy of Libby Volgyes

Back to the biscotti di pasta frolla e marmellata…

The perfectly sifted powdered sugar on top of your sweet little treat does not last very long. When you bake with kids, perfection is a word that should be eliminated from your vocabulary. It should be replaced with fun, spontaneous, and slightly messy.

It’s not often we get to bake with Fabrizio. When he does have some time to bake with the kids, I get to sit back and take photos (and sample!). 😉DSCN9614

I love Luca’s mini-rolling pin perfect for his tiny hands.


Precious little hands making his perfect cookies. This imperfect batch was the best. :)


Our oven was busy that day. We had the pasta frolla cookies on the top rack, the hazelnut biscotti in the middle, and baci di dama cookies on the lower rack.


Biscotti di Pasta Frolla e Marmellata-Italian Jam Cookies

Makes approximately 30 cookies

250 grams flour (1 ¾ cups flour)
150 grams sugar (¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
4 ounces butter, room temperature
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon honey
1 cup apricot jam (or your favorite flavor)
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter into the flour mixture until incorporated. Beat in the egg and the honey until incorporated (about 1-2 minutes). Do not over mix the dough.

Remove the dough from the bowl and put it onto a slightly-floured surface. Halve the dough and shape into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, and roll out to about ¼ inch thick.
Remove the top piece of plastic wrap and with a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out approximately 15 rounds from each half.


Using a tiny cookie cutter, make small holes in the center of half the rounds. Place all the rounds carefully about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake about 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Halfway through baking, rotate the sheets. Transfer to racks to cool.

To assemble the cookies
When the cookies are cool, turn the cookies with no holes upside down. Spread each one with about ½ teaspoon of jam, but not all the way to the edge.

Place cookies that are cut out on top of cookies spread with jam. Press gently together. Sprinkle cookies with confectioner’s sugar. With pastry bag, pipe in a little more jam into the center of each cookie.


Store cookies in an airtight plastic container at room temperature up to 2 days. Or store in the refrigerator fridge for up to 1 week, if they should last that long.;)

Thank you for stopping by to say hello during this busy week. Happy Hannukah to my friends that celebrate.:)

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