Cooking with Mom: Bocconotti!

Straight out of my grandmother’s cooking notebook, this recipe has been made in my mom’s family for generations!

My mom and I make it every year for the Christmas holiday and it is definitely the most appreciated recipe of the season.

Bocconotti is the dialect name for this cookies filled with black cherry jam. The dough is super crumbly! You will love it.

For this recipe you need shortening, no butter. I am sorry!

and 12 eggs

yes, you heard me right: 12 eggs. Or better say: 3 whole eggs and 9 egg yolks.

This recipe is going to make your skirt fly up! Trust me on this!



  • 1 kg all purpose flour
  • 400 g sugar
  • 350 g shortening
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 2 lemons, zest
  • 800 g black cherry jam
  • powdered sugar (to decorate)

Mix flour and sugar together

Add the shortening cutted up into small flakes

next up, add the lemon zest and using your hands cut the shortening into the other ingredients

take 3 whole eggs and 9 egg yolks

beat them slithly

and slowly pour them into the flour/shortning mixture

kneading until you get a smooth dough

Grap some dough, about the size of a ping pong ball

ping pong ball?…Yes, I might have spent too much time in China….

and using your hands flatten it up into a circle

and btw, these are my mom’s hands

Take about 2 jars of black cherry marmellade

and place one tsp right in the center of the dough

Fold the edges together so to close it carefully and place it on a paper cup

Repeat with the remaining dough

Bake at 180 C for about 30 min

The fact that they break on top is a good sign. Means the dough is just as crumby as needed

I LOVE having a proper oven!

Let them cool down then sprinkle on top some powdered sugar

Then take one and cut it in half


take a moment to center yourself

Make them! You won’t regret it 🙂

One bocconotto provides:

  • Calories: 186
  • Fat: 6.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.7 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.