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Zaletti - Polenta Cookies from the Veneto

Last Friday I made these cookies from Dolce Italiano, Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen. Another winner!!

The cookies called for currants so I was a bit leery if Chris would like them. Chris considers raisins to be the "food of the Devil" so I wasn't sure if his feelings about tiny dried fruits carried to the currant. Luckily, they did not. As a matter of fact, these passed the bittersweet chocolate hazelnut cookies (aka biscotti di ciccolato a nocciole) as Chris's favorite (Sammi's favorite is still the Lemony Semolina Cookies; I'm not sure about Becky's). The recipe calls for grappa, which I do not have on hand, so I substituted brandy. Plus, I forgot to sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar before baking, but still these were a hit. The only one who didn't appreciate them was Becky. As it turns out, she has the same aversion as her father, only hers does extend to the poor currant.

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Again, sorry for the picture quality - I suck at taking food pictures.

On the Weight Watcher points program, these cookies come in at an easy one point each!

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Darn it - payday is still a week away! So I can't buy the book yet. :(

I think I must have had these cookies at one time or another, because the polenta/currant combo sounds familiar ...
I'm going to borrow Chris's description of 'food of the Devil' for some of my particular non-favorites. Please tell him Thanks! :D

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Colleen - if you want any recipes until then, just let me know; I'll e-mail you. BTW - I still have a box of books sitting next to my desk to send your way.

Thanks, Kim. Maybe you could send me this one?

Did I tell you all that when I moved last year I found FIVE packages of polenta in my cupboard?? (So I'm always on the lookout for recipes that will use it up.) LOL

I couldn't wait any longer!! I had a bookstore coupon so bought "Dolce Italiano" today. (Even though I'll be out of town all week - and won't be taking it with me. I *had to* have it!)
Thanks, Kim, for being an 'early adopter' and posting about your success. :)

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Enjoy Colleen - even if you don't make anything - it's good reading.

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