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Taralli - Italian Easter Cookies

Bringing you some southern Italian Easter cheer with homemade Taralli - traditional cookies made in Italian homes during Easter. And of course, I love tradition when it comes to food! Here’s my family recipe. It's super easy and a fun activity with kids where they can make any shape they like (mine loved it). They're crunchy outside with a soft crumb on the inside - kind of like a cross between scones and shortbread. Best enjoyed dipped in milk or coffee. They're so delicious, you'll want to make them all-year round. They store well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

While the ring is the traditional shape, feel free to experiment. Make them into sticks, pretzels or any kind of twists. Large or small, make them any size you like. You can also play around with the toppings - sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, oats, chocolate chips or even rainbow sprinkles!

Easy goodies that you can make with your kids:

What you need:

500 gms all purpose flour 200 gms powdered sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 4 eggs, room temp 100 gms butter cubes, room temp Zest of 2 limes (1 large lemon)

​Putting it all together:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Make a well in the center and add the butter. Break down the butter lumps with your fingers, combing with some of the flour around.

3. Add the 4 eggs in the well and the lemon zest and using a fork, start whisking and combing with the flour bit by bit. Once you have some moist dough and some dry flour, with your hands combine it all and knead on a floured surface for 5 minutes till you have a smooth springy ball of dough.

4. Rest for 10 mins, covered with a moist cloth. Break off golf ball sized chunks and roll with your hands into long “snakes”. Join the ends to make rings. Place them on a baking tray lined with butter paper and bake 17-20 mins till golden on top. Cool outside for 15-20 mins before serving.

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