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Traditional Holiday cookie, Cartellate/Cluster are filled with honey, nuts & spices

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Traditional Holiday cookie, Cartellate/Cluster are filled with honey, nuts & spices


You ask, what could be more decadent, and I say absolutely nothing. Cartellate are traditionally made during Christmas. They are traditional Pulgiese fried pastries, filled with roasted almonds, honey, spices and chocolate.


They are a holiday cookie and although mostly made at Christmas time, they are our star dessert on our Thanksgiving table. They just seemed so suited to a beautiful Thanksgiving dessert table. 


These cookies are a labor of love and not easy to make, but the good news is that you can place the shells in a brown paper bag and keep some for Christmas.


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cgmeyer2

these look very yummy. is it possible to bake the shells instead of fry them?


thanks, claudia

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turosdolci

Hi Claudia,


 


Thanks for the comment. I've never baked them and I've also never seen the shells in Italy baked.  I suggest that you try baking a few to see how it works. I'll also try baking a few at Christmas time and will update this post if they come out OK. If you are worried about the oil, I suggest that you drain them on a rack with paper under for drainage. Make sure you turn them upside down so that the oil drains out of the pockets completely.


Regards,


Patricia