Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe

The Papassini (Almond & Walnut Cookies)

The Papassini or Almond & Walnut Cookies. A traditional sardinian cookie with irresistible flavor.


  • 1 lb almonds , peeled
  • 3 ½ oz walnut kernels
  • 1 lb raisins
  • 2 cups saba – cooked grape must


  1. Chop the almonds together with the walnuts, then add the raisins.
  2. Mix everything with the saba, or cooked grape must.
  3. Transfer everything to a pan and cook over low heat until the mixture thickens.
  4. Stir while cooking.
  5. Once the mixture is the right consistency, pour it out onto a damp work surface.
  6. Level out the mixture with a spatula.
  7. Use a knife to cut out rhombi or “papassinos.”
  8. Place the cookies on a tray.
  9. Sprinkle with sugar and let dry, covered with another baking dish, for a couple of days.


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