Halloween cookies from Italy
Ossa dei morti
In Italy this Halloween cookies recipe is a sweet treat known as ‘Bones of the Dead’ made to celebrate Ognissanti.
As a cultural protestant I’ve always found the celebration of All Saints’ Day kind of morbid, which may explain my fascination with the Italian traditions. From Puglian friends I’ve heard of family picnics to the graveyard on November 1st, and when the kids wake up the next morning on All Souls Day November 2nd, they’ll find a sweet treat from dead relatives. One of the sweets could be ‘Ossa dei Morti’ or ‘Bones of the Dead’ – a tooth breaking cookie in the shape of a bone.
I’m not sure whether the tradition is still practiced in modern Italian families, but I kind of like the cookies. They are particularly good when served as an extra spoon with a creamy mousse or sorbet and a sweet vino dolce wine.