Good Question: What Kind of Cookie Is This?

Good Question: What Kind of Cookie Is This?

Faith Durand
May 26, 2009

Here's an interesting case of identify-the-cookie from Marcus in Oslo. Can you help him?

I'm looking for your help identifying a cookie made of almonds (I think). It is a little bit hard on the outside and soft/chewy on the inside. The cookie is dusted with sugar and it is delicious and the perfect companion to your espresso. I live in Oslo, Norway but I can't imagine that it is a local thing. The sign in front of the cookie in the cafe said Brutti ma buoni, which means something like ugly but tasty.

He continues:

The nice thing about it is the soft chewy center and the sugar dusted and a little harder outside. I've seen it in two other Italian coffe shops here in Oslo. But they won't tell me anything about them. When I search the net, the result is a lot of cookies but none looking like this.

OK, cookie sleuths and Italian bakers: any ideas? Do you have a recipe for Marcus? We do want to point out this meringue-based recipe from Mario Batali:

Ugly But Good Cookies: Brutti ma Buoni

It looks like these cookies are meringue-based, so they can be shaped very differently — flattened, peaked, squished, or mounded up.

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(Image: Marcus via email)

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