CNYEats A Taste of Utica Taralli-Italian Biscuits

by Joanne on February 12, 2012


A crisp, barely sweet Italian treat.  The recipe was a little confusing but I believe my tweaks and assumptions produced a near to perfect Taralli.

Found on page 157 of our book A Taste of Utica and posted by Ruth.


Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies (when the recipe is cut in half), 6 dozen or so for a full recipe.

  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups flour (the recipe said “sugar” but I think Ruth meant flour) *I used 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose.
  • 2 tsp. cremonna  = I looked EVERYWHERE for “cremonna” and couldn’t find anything.  I assumed it was baking powder and so I used 2 tsp. baking powder.
  • grated lemon peel of one lemon or 2 TBS lemon extract *I used the real deal – nothing beats fresh!

Beat eggs, oil and sugar together.  Add the flour and baking powder.  Mix all together an knead to a soft dough on floured surface *This is a sticky wet dough. 

Divide dough in parts and roll into fat “sausages”.  Cut off pieces of dough and roll into strips about 3/4 inch thick by 6 inches long. Seal to form a ring.

Lay on cookie sheet. Glaze tops with beaten egg yolks.  Let rest for 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes *recipe says 1 hour but that would have been

too long for my biscuits.




This ones for dunking in your favorite cup of tea or coffee.


Any idea what cremonna is?

Next week:  Lemonade Pie!  It should be summer weather for this one but we’ll make do and turn up the heat.

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1 Comment

  • At 2012.02.12 18:06, James B said:

    Never heard of cremonna before. No idea what it is. The biscuits look lovely though!

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