Dead Bones (L'Ossa Morte)


This is an old Sicilian recipe that is a family tradition. They need to sit overnight before baking.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 35 mins
60 cookies


  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Sift together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and cloves. Make a well in the sugar mixture, and pour the eggs into the well. Work the eggs into the mixture, first with a fork, then with your hands, until you have a smooth dough.

  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rest overnight. Cookies will spread.

  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove cookies from pan immediately as they come out of the oven or they will stick. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
1g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 20mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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