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Sicilian Cuddura - Italian Easter Cookies

What a colourful delight! Topped with sprinkles, these Sicilian cuddura each nest an egg ready to celebrate Easter! These traditional Italian Easter Cookies are as much fun to make as they are to eat.
Course Dessert, Easter
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 Cuddura
Calories 751kcal
Cost $8

Equipment

Ingredients

For the biscuits:

To decorate:

  • 2 tbsp sprinkles or 100’s & 1000’s
  • 5 eggs uncooked, room temperature

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Make an egg wash by mixing the milk and your reserved 1 tbsp of whisked eggs in a small dish.
    1 tbsp milk, 3 eggs
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, mixing for a minute or two. Add in the whisked eggs and vanilla essence mix again until combined.
    1/3 cup butter, 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1.5 tsp vanilla essence
  • In a large mixing bowl, add half the flour (2 cups), baking powder and salt. Make a well and add a third of the egg mixture, stirring to incorporate the flour a little at a time. Repeat twice for the remaining two thirds of the egg mixture.
    4 cups plain flour / all purpose flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, Pinch salt
  • Once it forms up into a dough, start kneading with your hands. Add in the remaining 2 cups of flour, half a cup at a time. Once all incorporated, the dough shouldn't be sticking to your hands. If it's still sticky, add a little more flour to make it easier to form your cuddura.
    4 cups plain flour / all purpose flour
  • Form your chosen shapes for each cuddura (see our making cuddura shapes section above or our step-by-step video for the easiest guide to shape each one). Note: Set aside a small portion of dough here to create the strips that will hold your eggs in place.
    Shapes can be:
    - Bell Shape
    - Dove Shape
    - Baskets or Nest Shape
    - Anything else you want to create!
  • Once the base shapes are made, top each one with an uncooked egg. Place small single or double strips to hold the eggs on each cuddura. Have fun and get creative here!
    5 eggs
  • Baste with the egg wash then sprinkle with 100s & 1000s.
    2 tbsp sprinkles or 100’s & 1000’s
  • Pop in the oven and bake for around 30 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. Depending on the shapes you chose, some flatter shapes like the dove and bell will cook quicker than the thicker baskets and nests, so put them on a lower rack.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, gift within a day, or remove the eggs to store in the fridge separately. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container.

Video

Notes

  • Flour – Traditionally this recipe calls for all purpose flour with baking powder added. If you prefer using self raising flour instead, go right ahead (if you do, skip the baking powder).
  • Eggs – You’ll need some for the dough, some for the baste / egg wash, and some for baking on top of the cookies. If you want to skip the baked eggs on top, feel free. The eggs that are used for decoration don’t need to be hard boiled first, as they will bake in the oven along with the cookies. Use room temperature eggs, this makes them cook quicker in the oven.
  • Use Room Temperature Butter – This makes it much easier to work into the dough than cold butter. 
  • Minimise Handling the Dough – If it becomes too warm it will be harder to work with. 
  • Paper Guides – Trace your chosen shape(s) onto baking paper and cut out. Then press out onto the dough and use a knife to slice out the shape. Peel off the paper and use it for more cookies. If you only have regular paper, make sure to liberally dust the top of your cookie shape with flour to stop it sticking.
  • Slicing – Use a pizza slicer to make thin, straight strips.
  • Basting – This gives the cookies that beautiful golden brown sheen and helps the sprinkles stick.
  • Adjust the Cooking Time – Every oven is different, so keep an eye on the cookies and take them out once they become deliciously golden brown around the edges. Cooking time will also vary depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. 
  • Extra Flavour – Try adding Lemon/orange zest, orange blossom water or vanilla essence into the dough before kneading.
  • Extra Toppings – Scatter crystalized sugar, sprinkles / 100s & 1000s or raisins over the top before baking.
  • Coloured Easter Eggs – Setup a bowl deep enough to fully submerge the eggs. Fill with boiling water, then add 1 tsp of vinegar and 20 drops of your chosen food colouring. Allow to cool, then soak the uncooked eggs in the solution for around 5 minutes.
  • To Ice the Cookies – Skip basting with egg before baking. Once cooled, ice them with regular icing or meringue icing.
  • For Decorative Edges – Use a fluted pastry wheel or ravioli wheel, or press gently with a fork the way you would for a pie crust.
  • Make Into Pocky Sticks - Roll out the dough until it's about 5mm / 0.2 inches thick. Slice into small strips about 10cm / 4 inches long. Baste with egg wash, top with sprinkles, then bake for 15 minutes. Or skip the egg wash and sprinkles, and coat with melted chocolate once the sticks have cooled completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 751kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 6mg