26 December, 2012

Nuvole di Miele

It's Christmastime and that means the season of cookies, right? I decided to try a recipe in Gina DePalma's wonderful book, Dolce Italiano. The cookie I chose to add to the dessert table on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, is her Nuvole di Miele, or Honey Clouds. The author describes these cookies as, "soft, pillowy,". They are definitely like little cakes, subtly infused with the sweetness of ground almonds, honey and orange.


Where the cookies are subtle in their flavor, the glaze makes them truly pop. The sweetness if all the ingredients shines with the honey and orange icing and then boom, there is the crunch of the flaked, toasted almonds. It's like the heavenly angels appeared when these cookies were made. Ok, maybe that's a bit much, but it is Christmas after all.

The cookies are really best fresh, but they are still quite excellent on the second day and perfectly fine with a cuppa on the third. I would imagine they'll fair quite well on day four, when they are dunked in said cuppa. I might be enthusiastic to add a dash of cinnamon to the batter next time around, with the subtle honey and orange flavors, I think it'd be a great match.

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