Ferri di cavallo pugliesi – Chocolate dipped horseshoe cookies

alt="ferri di cavallo"December finally arrived, my favorite month! Yes, because when Christmas comes, the baking comes too. From the beginning of the mouth until Christmas day my main activity is cookies making.

Homemade cookies are a great gift for relatives and friends. My favorite cookies are “ferri di cavallo”. Ferri di cavallo means horseshoes cookies, because of their shape that recalls the horseshoe precisely.

Not everyone knows that in Italy the horseshoe is a lucky charm. In many homes, especially in the past, people used to hang a horseshoe on the front door, as a sign of protection.

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.

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PREP TIME: 20 minutes
REST TIME: 1 hour
COOK TIME: 8 minutes
TOT TIME: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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INGREDIENTS

400 grams / 14.1 oz of bleached all porpouse flour

250 grams / 8.8 oz of margarine

150 grams /5.2 oz of confectioners sugar

1 egg

1/2 sachet of baking powder

1 tea spoon of vanilla

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PREPARATION
  1. Bring margarine to room temperature and put it in a bowl with confectioners sugar. Mix all toghether for some minutes.
  2. Add baking powder, vanilla and egg and keep mixing.alt="step 1-2-3"
  3. Add flour little by little and keep mixing until mixture is smooth.
  4. Make a ball with your hands and cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.alt="step 4-5-6"
  5. Make stripes of 0.5 cm / 0.19 inch with the dough. Then cut the stripes and make horseshoe shape.
  6. Put cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake at 180 °C / 356 °F for 8 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool.
  8. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler (bain marie) and then dipp the cookies in it.alt="step 7-8-9"
  9. Lay cookies on a baking rack and rest them until chocolate harden.

 

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

 

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