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OSS DA MORD (All Souls cookies)

These biscuits are made on the day of All Souls on the 2nd of November.

Oss da mord literally “bones of the dead” (in the dialect of Northern Italy) is an ancient recipe whose name is down to the fact that the biscuits are very hard and brittle. They’re often served with a glass of moscato or vin santo, and are dunked into the wine.


200g peeled almonds, blitzed to a powder

80g sugar

Some cinnamon and clove powder, mixed in a pestle and mortar

150g white flour

Half a glass or so of dry or sweet marsala wine (enough wine to hold the mixture together in a dry dough)


Combine all ingredients and then divide it and roll into small balls before rolling these into small tubes, like bones.

Bake for 25 minutes at 200C/400F/gas mark 6.