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Taralli Biscuits

  • 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Medium
  • Desserts and Fruit


  • 2 lb all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 4 oz lard
  • 10 egg yolks
  • milk
  • 4 tablespoons anise
  • 1 oz food grade ammonium carbonate
  • lemon
  • 1 ½ lb confectioners sugar
  • 3 egg whites


With the flour, sugar, clarified pork fat, food grade ammonium carbonate, anise, egg yolks and a little milk, prepare a dough that is fairly soft and smooth.

Use it to make some rolls about 1 inch thick and cut these into 2,4 inch lengths.
Immerse the biscuits obtained, a few at a time, in boiling salted water.

Remove them gradually as they float to the surface and form them into the shape of an “S”, in an oven pan previously greased with clarified pork fat.
Place in the oven at 275° F for 30 minutes, taking care they do not become too dark.

Meanwhile, prepare a frosting with 3 egg whites whipped to stiff peaks, the powdered sugar and some drops of lemon juice.
Use this to brush the biscuits and put them back to dry in the oven by now turned off but still warm.