Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe


Ferri di cavallo are soft butter cookies dipped in chocolate.

A typical Christmas recipe from my region Puglia, but these cookies are so delicious to eat throughout the year.

PREP TIME: 20 minutes

REST TIME: 1 hour

COOK TIME: 8 minutes

TOT TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes



14.1 oz of bleached all porpouse flour

8.8 oz of margarine

5.2 oz of confectioners sugar

1 egg

1/2 sachet of baking powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla




  1. Bring margarine to room temperature and put it in a bowl with confectioners sugar. Mix all toghether for some minutes.
  2. Add baking powder, vanilla and egg and keep mixing.alt="step 1-2-3"
  3. Add flour little by little and keep mixing until mixture is smooth.
  4. Make a ball with your hands and cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.alt="step 4-5-6"
  5. Make stripes of 0.5 cm / 0.19 inch with the dough. Then cut the stripes and make horseshoe shape.
  6. Put cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 180 °C / 356 °F for 8 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool.
  8. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler (bain marie) and then dipp the cookies in it.alt="step 7-8-9"
  9. Lay cookies on a baking rack and rest them until chocolate harden.


You can stored the cookies for up two weeks in an airtight container or in a cookie jar.




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