Intorchiate Recipe (Italian Almond Cookie Twists)
An authentic treat from South Italy, Intorchiate is perfect for your coffee breaks or anytime-of-the-day snack. Crunchy cookie twists with a dusting of sugar; topped with whole almonds --- simply delicious!
- 1 & 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp flour, (250 grams)
- 1/3 cup sugar, (plus 3 tbsp for coating)
- 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp butter, (28 grams), softened
- 3 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup + 2 tsp white wine
- 50 pcs almonds, whole, blanched
- pinch of salt
Preparing intorchiate dough:
Start by combining flour, one-third cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; then mix.
Add butter, olive oil, and white wine.
Pulse to combine until you see a dough starts to form.
Transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead slightly, forming it into a ball.
Wrap the ball of dough with plastic.
Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill.
Forming the cookie twists:
Baking your intorchiate Pugliese:
Coat one side of the cookie with the remaining sugar.
Place the cookie on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.
Place an almond on each hole, with all of them pointing on one end of the cookie.
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and finish forming all the cookies.
Keep a distance of about 1-inch between each cookie in the tray.
Place the baking tray in the oven for about 25-28 minutes.
Remove your Italian almond cookie twists from the oven and allow them cool.
Cook's Tip #1: Place the dough back in the refrigerator when you have yet to work on them. It's easier to form the dough when it is not too soft.
Cook's Tip #2: If you have a weighing scale, use it to weigh the dough for each cookie for easier handling of each portion.
Cook's Tip #3: Do not hesitate to pull the dough (log) a bit when forming the cookie --- again, easier to do if the dough is not too soft.
Cook's Tip #4: Before placing your intorchiate in the oven, push all the almonds back in each cookie. It ensures that they will not be pushed out once the cookies expand.
Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg