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italian easter cookies, campanari di pasqua, are a traditional easter sweet. An egg wrapped in cookie dough that is formed into many shapes.

Easter Cookies | Campanari di Pasqua

  • Total Time: 50


A sweet cookie dough that is traditionally made for Easter in Italy. A raw egg is place in the dough shapes and baked in the oven to perfection with the cookies.


  • 10 eggs
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 12 cups of flour plus more as needed
  • 1 packet of vanilla powder
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of softened yellow shortening
  • 1 egg to bake into the centre of the bread
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar together
  3. Add the milk, lemon juice and rind to egg and sugar mixture
  4. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir
  5. Cut shortening into the dry ingredients and mix with hands
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry mixture
  7. Mix together to form sticky dough
  8. Knead dough on flat surface add flour until dough no longer sticks to your hands
  9. Knead until the dough is smooth
  10. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  11. Cut off small pieces at a time to work with
  12. Roll long strips to twist and form shapes or cut out shapes with a cutter
  13. Place raw eggs into the centre your shape
  14. Whisk egg and water together for egg wash and brush cookies
  15. Bake at 350 until golden



  • Try adding 1 tablespoon of anisette or substitute the juice and zest of an orange instead of lemon
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
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