These biscuits, from the town of Matera, Southern Italy, are also known as Friselle. This recipe is from my cousin’s grandmother, Carmela, who used to prepare them for her grandchildren. It features smooth dough that becomes an especially crunchy cookie outside, while maintaining its softness inside.
They are usually served with an Italian dessert wine like Vin Santo. Fill your shot glass once the biscuits are ready for dunking!
During the last International Festival at my daughters’ school, I dusted off my grandma’s cookbook to look for a typical Italian treat. The recipe that I chose, and that I have fond memories of, is surely the one of these biscuits named “Chiffeletti“. My grandma used to visit us at least twice a year and every time she used to bring a box filled to the brim with scented Chiffeletti. She was never satisfied about how they came out because sometimes they were a little burnt at the bottom, (at the time the parchment paper was not common to use) but this was the thing I loved the most.
It’s a pleasure now to share her recipe and to hold on to her memory. I do hope you’ll also like this recipe and my grandma’s Chiffeletti!