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Bones of the Dead Recipe
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Bones of the Dead

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"This is my favorite cookie of all the ones my Nana made and taught me to make for the family. In her memory I share this recipe with you. My Grandmother Nancy (Saccuzzo) Gama made these for me every year until her death. Now, I make them in honor of her every year. You will enjoy these. Serve with wine or your favorite ice cream. They are also a great accent to a good cup of coffee."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 day 40 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, confectioners' sugar, baking powder, and ground cloves. Add beaten eggs and almond extract; mix well.
  2. Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place firmly on a well greased cookie sheet. Cover cookies with a tea towel and let stand overnight. Cookies will rise and spread.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake cookies for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • These are a great addition to a pudding or creamy dessert.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 30, 2005

Soooo good! These cookies are crunchy on the outside and cake-like on the inside and so easy to make! NOTE: They have to rise overnight, so plan ahead!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 13, 2008

I did not care for these. They were very sticky. How do you roll the mess into little balls I would like to know. The ground cloves is an odd taste for a cookie.

Oct 04, 2007

These are great! I like simple treats like biscotti, etc. and this is really easy! Not sticky at all as said in one of the reviews - maybe they got the ratio wrong - my dough was nice and dry and a cinch to roll! I added a bit of nutmeg too :)

Aug 29, 2002

I've been searching for a recipe that my mom called taralli. they were hard cookies that were not too sweet and lasted a long time. she rolled them between her hands and then formed circles and baked them. your cookies are the closest i've come to duplicating them. thank you.

Mar 02, 2003

My Sicilian father had remembered about this type of cookie during Christmas, while talking about the family members we missed. After a quick search I found your recipe. He was very surprised and enjoyed them. It turns out that I found others who know of this cookie and I got two thumbs up. I'm glad you shared your cookie recipe.

Oct 29, 2004

This is one of the best cookie recipes I've ever tried. It's not too sweet, the texture is great( crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside). A perfect addition to coffee. Using orange extract instead of almond also works well with this cookie.

Jan 17, 2012

i made them twice, and they are not sticky...

Jul 24, 2007

This was an absolutely delicious recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it!


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  • Calories
  • 88 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 0.8 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 91 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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