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le ciambelline
olive oil cookies


makes about 30 cookies


scant 2 cups (450 g circa) flour

scant 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar + more for dipping

1/2 cup + 2 Tbs (220 ml) extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup (125 ml) Vin Santo or Marsala or other oxidative wine

2 tsps baking powder


Pour the flour onto a work surface and make a large wide well. Into the well

pour the olive oil and vin santo, the sugar and the baking powder. Mix with a

fork slowly incorporating flour until the dough comes together and you can

work it with your hands. Work in as much flour as necessary until the dough is

smooth, soft and elastic leaving aside the extra flour. Knead the dough just

until it comes together to form a ball of dough. To shape the cookies, cut the

dough into chunks more or less the size of a walnut, roll each one on the work

surface with your palm forming a length of dough and join the ends to make a little ring (ciambellina) 2 1/2 – 3 inches in diameter. Dip the cookies in sugar to coat one side and place them, sugar side up, on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 200-210C / 390-400F for 20 - 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and slide freely on the cookie sheet. Remove the ciambelline from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

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