Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe

How to make Italian horseshoes cookies

The old-fashioned Italian horseshoes cookies. 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
  • 5.2 oz of confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 8.8 oz of margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla



Bring margarine to room temperature and put it in a bowl with confectioners sugar. Mix all toghether for some minutes.



Add baking powder, vanilla and egg and keep mixing.

butter and flour

Add flour little by little and keep mixing until mixture is smooth.

butter and flour

Make a ball with your hands and cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.

horseshoes cookies dough

Make stripes of 0.5 cm / 0.19 inch with the dough. Then cut the stripes and make horseshoe shape.

horseshoes cookies dough

Put cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 180 °C / 356 °F for 8 minutes.

horseshoes cookies

Let cookies cool.

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler (bain marie) and then dipp the cookies in it.

horseshoes cookies

Lay cookies on a baking rack and rest them until chocolate harden.

horseshoes cookies

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

Horseshoes cookies can now be served!

horseshoes cookies



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