Biscuits Recipe

Sicilian 'Bones of the Dead' Biscuits recipe

These sweet biscuits are an Italian tradition, with a crispy and crunchy outer shell whilst being moist and cake-like on the inside. They take a day to make as you have to leave them to rise, so make sure to plan ahead!


  • 250g plain flour
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dstsp. baking powder
  • 1 dstsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ground cloves

Method of Preparation:

  1. Sieve the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl. Stir in the baking powder and cloves, then beat in the eggs one at a time.

  2. Stir in the vanilla extract and then roll the dough into 2cm balls.

  3. Place the balls on a greased baking tray and cover with a tea towel. Leave overnight to rise and spread.

  4. Cook in a 160C oven for 10 - 15 minutes until browned.

  5. Leave to cool completely before serving.

These biscuits are perfect just as they are, but they look even better when thickly dredged with icing sugar. This recipe makes around 24 biscuits, depending on what size you make them.

Author: Laura Young

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Published: August 17, 2011
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