This is my favorite cookie of all the ones my Nana made and taught me to make for the family. In her memory I share this recipe with you. My Grandmother Nancy (Saccuzzo) Gama made these for me every year until her death. Now, I make them in honor of her every year. You will enjoy these. Serve with wine or your favorite ice cream. They are also a great accent to a good cup of coffee.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
24
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, confectioners' sugar, baking powder, and ground cloves. Add beaten eggs and almond extract; mix well.

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  • Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place firmly on a well greased cookie sheet. Cover cookies with a tea towel and let stand overnight. Cookies will rise and spread.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake cookies for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

Cook's Note:

These are a great addition to a pudding or creamy dessert.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 18.2g; fat 0.8g; cholesterol 23.3mg; sodium 90.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2005
Soooo good! These cookies are crunchy on the outside and cake-like on the inside and so easy to make! NOTE: They have to rise overnight so plan ahead! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2008
I did not care for these. They were very sticky. How do you roll the mess into little balls I would like to know. The ground cloves is an odd taste for a cookie. Read More
(15)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2005
Soooo good! These cookies are crunchy on the outside and cake-like on the inside and so easy to make! NOTE: They have to rise overnight so plan ahead! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2007
These are great! I like simple treats like biscotti etc. and this is really easy! Not sticky at all as said in one of the reviews - maybe they got the ratio wrong - my dough was nice and dry and a cinch to roll! I added a bit of nutmeg too:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
I've been searching for a recipe that my mom called taralli. they were hard cookies that were not too sweet and lasted a long time. she rolled them between her hands and then formed circles and baked them. your cookies are the closest i've come to duplicating them. thank you. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2003
My Sicilian father had remembered about this type of cookie during Christmas while talking about the family members we missed. After a quick search I found your recipe. He was very surprised and enjoyed them. It turns out that I found others who know of this cookie and I got two thumbs up. I'm glad you shared your cookie recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2008
I did not care for these. They were very sticky. How do you roll the mess into little balls I would like to know. The ground cloves is an odd taste for a cookie. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2004
This is one of the best cookie recipes I've ever tried. It's not too sweet the texture is great( crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside). A perfect addition to coffee. Using orange extract instead of almond also works well with this cookie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2012
i made them twice and they are not sticky... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2007
This was an absolutely delicious recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2003
These cookies are more work than they're worth. They're not bad but the overnight wait just isn't worth it. Plus the batter is horrendously sticky and gloms onto the tea towel making a big mess. The flavour is rather delicate. I think added cinnamon might make them tastier. Read More
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