Ossi dei morti ("bones of the dead") cookies are a popular Italian treat for All Saints Day. There are as many variations on these bone cookies as there are regions in Italy!
While traditional ossi dei morti in general are a made of a hard meringue that crackles like crunching bones, I decided to try a gentler approach. I wanted to make a cookie that was great to snack on without needing to dunk it in my espresso.
These super tasty bone cookies are a fun treat for Halloween too! The basic recipe is great for kids, and I've thrown in an added twist for more refined palates.
Step 1: Gather your Ingredients
This recipe is easy to customize, but here are the 'bare bones' (har har har) to make 3 dozen tiny cookies:
55 grams of slivered almonds (or hazelnuts, etc) (2/3 cup)
200 grams of sugar (1 cup)
1 teaspoon lemon (or orange) juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
splash of almond (or other) extract
115 grams of all purpose flour (2/3 cup)
1 teaspoon lemon (or orange) zest
Sea salt for topping (opt.)