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      In the kitchen with Sandra: And the winner is…

       
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      Dec. 23, 2013

      Congratulations to Carmela Schipano from Montreal, Quebec, who is the winner of Italocanadese’s second annual “Italo” Christmas Cookie Contest!

      Her delicious traditional ricotta cookie recipe won us over this year. We are sure every Italian family has their own version of these famous, delicious cookies. Carmela’s cookies are easy to make and so versatile. Why not add a spoonful of Nutella or dress them up with a drizzle of melted chocolate or holiday colored sprinkles? There are a thousand and one ways to use this recipe. But let’s start with her traditional recipe. A real treat! Thank you Carmela! Merry Christmas to all!

      Carmela’s Ricotta Cookies

      INGREDIENTS
      12 egg yolks
      1/3 cup ricotta
      8 oz milk
      4 oz canola oil
      10 oz granulated sugar
      4 cups sifted A/P flour
      6 tsp baking powder
      Extra flour for rolling dough
      2 tbsp icing sugar for dusting

      In a mixing bowl, blend together the egg yolks, ricotta, milk and oil. Then add the sugar.  Slowly incorporate the flour and baking powder until soft dough is formed. If the dough is too soft to handle you may add extra flour. Cover with plastic film and let the dough rest for ½ hour.  Line a baking sheet or sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

      Preheat your oven to 325°F.

      Dust a rolling mat with flour and roll out the dough to about ½ inch thick. Using your favorite Christmas cookie cutter begin cutting out the shapes. Remember to dip the cutter in the extra flour so the dough does not stick to the cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheet about one inch apart.

      Bake for about 8 minutes, or until slightly golden. We want to keep a pale color to these cookies.  Remove from the oven and cool for about 10 minutes then dust with icing sugar.

      To enjoy these great cookies warm on Christmas morning, prepare the dough in advance, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate. Then on Christmas morning, roll out the cookies and bake.

      Enjoy!

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