There is a recipe that has stuck in our hearts after our last trip to Abruzzo: wine cookies (biscotti abruzzesi al vino).
We would like to specify from Abruzzo because this great cookie recipe comes from grandma Antonia, who proudly told us that these cookies are unique and only in Abruzzo are made this way.
The recipe is very simple, vegan, and super light: you don’t need to add butter or margarine and, although they are exquisite, it takes only 4 ingredients, i.e., sugar, flour, extra virgin olive oil, and wine.
Are there any secrets, esoteric rituals or karmic practices for the success of these wine and oil cookies?
No, you just need to use good wine, aromatic wine like Malvasia and Moscato are the best. In max 20 minutes you will be able to make these amazing cookies, perfect for a snack or to be munched after being dipped in sweet wine.
Ingredients for making the perfect vegan wine cookies from Abruzzo (wine donuts)
- 150 grams of wine
- 300 grams of sugar
- 150 grams of extra virgin olive oil
- 250 grams of flour (rice or farro flour for a gluten-free recipe)
- brown sugar for dusting cookies
- optional: grated lemon peel
- optional: 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground anise
How to prepare vegan wine cookies from Abruzzo
The recipe is simple, but the doses not much. I.e. you have to go little by little, as soon as you start making the dough.
There are those who ensure that the doses are 1/3 of each ingredient, others such as grandma Antonia put flour in the mix only at the end, until the mixture is evenly blended and it no longer sticks to your fingers.
The first few times you can also use 1/3 of each ingredient and then see how cookies come out.
Lemon peel and star anise are two exotic variants, but they are highly recommended, especially if the wine you’re going to use is not very fragrant.
So, let’s go, mix in a big bowl all ingredients and when the dough is ready, form some cookie with the shape of a donut, lay them on a baking sheet with parchment paper on, and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Bake at 150-160 degrees for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes check the color: if they are browned to perfection, take them out, otherwise cook for a couple of minutes more.
If you use a convection oven set a 150 C temperature, otherwise you risk burning the biscuits.
Once out of the oven let them cool, then serve with the sweet wine, for tea or as an after-dinner dessert.
Even children can eat, because with the cooking alcohol from wine will evaporates (it evaporates at 75 degrees), so you do not risk intoxicating your lovely little monkeys.
Which wine to serve with these delicious vegan wine cookies from Abruzzo?
Choose the same wine that you will use for the dough: Moscato of Massolino winery smells like a rose garden and is sweet like the lips of an angel, but balanced, elegant with a fair price.