Crispy Spicy Almond Roccoco Italian Cookie Recipe

Crispy Spicy Almond Roccoco Italian Cookie Recipe

This ring shaped Crispy Spicy Almond Roccoco Italian Cookie Recipe is truly unique in its texture and flavor. Like cookies with a crunch? Try this one!
Course cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword roccoco cookies, roccoco recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 155kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 ¾ cups flour all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup almonds toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup almonds ground
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup water
  • extra flour for wooden board

egg wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Position rack in the center.
  • Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl of stand mixture, sift together dry ingredients. (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and white pepper).
  • Add the sugar, almonds and zest.
  • With paddle attachment of stand mixture, combine thoroughly.
  • Add the beaten egg and combine together.
  • Gradually add the water and mix until the dough comes together. Add the water slowly. This is a sticky dough.
  • Transfer dough on a floured surface.
  • Knead a few times.
  • Portion into 40 gram portions (or the equivalence of about 2 tablespoons).
  • Roll into a 7 inch strand about ½ inch in diameter.
  • Combine the two ends to form a ring.
  • Place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Brush cookies with egg wash.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Allow to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 
*recipe from Laura Vitale


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.9mg