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Sal Scognamillo's Raspberry Maddalena Cookies

Mary Ann Esposito

France has its Madeleine cookies, made famous by Marcel Proust, and Italy has its cookies, not as well known. Which came first? According to the Italians, an Italian queen married a French king and was responsible for taking the knowledge of fine cuisine to France, I'm not going to argue this one, but I do recommend Sal Scognamillo's Maddalena cookies, which are wonderful.



1/2 pound unsalted butter
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
Pinch of baking of salt
Pinch of baking powder
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup raspberry preserves
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Set aside.

In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk, combine the flour, sugar, baking pow­der, and salt. Mix at low speed until ingredients are blended.

With the mixer running at low, add the melted butter gradually, and continue beating for 2 minutes.

Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, until all the ingredients are combined. Continue for 1 minute. Add the milk and continue beating at a higher until the dough is smooth and pliable.

Fit a pastry bag with a 1/2-inch diameter open-star tip and fill two-thirds full with dough. Pipe onto a nonstick baking sheet or parchment paper, creating rectangles approximately 3 x 1-1/2 inches.

Bake on the oven's middle shelf for 20 minutes. Remove the cookies to cool.

When the cookies are cool enough to handle, spread each one with a thin layer of raspberry preserves. Press together two cookies, creating a sandwich. Dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

This recipe is featured on show 2025 – Cookie Favorites.

The recipe is compliments of Sal Scognamillo and was prepared on the show by his son Peter.

item recipe is featured in Episode 2025 of Season 20.

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