Passed down from Lucinda's Great-Aunt Carolina, these traditionally savory Italian cookies are made sweet with Marsala wine and a light lemon glaze.From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).



For the Cookies
For the Icing


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • In a separate larger bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg until well combined. Stir in the olive oil and wine. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined, kneading slightly until the dough is easy to handle and medium-soft.

  • On a clean surface, use your hands and roll the dough into 1/2-inch-thick, cigarlike rolls. Cut each cigar into 6-inch pieces, folding each piece into a loop-shape. Press the dough with fingers to seal together. Place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

  • If you wish to ice them, whisk 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into 1 cup confectioners' sugar. It should be the consistency of thick whipping cream. Dip one side of the cookie in the glaze and let dry.

Reviews (6)

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To Betty Cruz, I watched the show and did not see any rudeness from Lucinda. My husband was watching with me and we both thought they were having a good time. I record LSQ and have re-watched the show and still must disagree with you. Maxine
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I have not made the cookies yet, but I have a comment. I thought I liked Lucinda, but she was very rude to Martha Stewart's assistant cook today, as they were baking these cookies. She repeated sarcastic comments to her which I think made her very uncomfortable. Not Nice.....
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Definitely a keeper recipe. Kept all the original ingredients, but made them much smaller, in the shape of an awareness ribbon and got about 4 doz cookies. Used the icing, but being that these were for a breast cancer awareness luncheon, I tinted the icing pink. Needless to say, they were a hit. Thank you, Lucinda, and I DID give you all the credit for the recipe. ;-)
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there is sweet marsala and not sweet marsala- which one for the cookies?
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Just made them! Yum!
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Great cookie....this is the taste we have been looking for. Lost the recipe somehow and all my family will be so happy. It has a yeast taste and is a great dunking cookie.