Sal Scognamillo's Raspberry Maddalena Cookies

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
  • Ingredients


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk, combine the flour, sugar, baking pow­der, and salt. Mix at low speed until ingredients are blended.
  4. With the mixer running at low, add the melted butter gradually, and continue beating for 2 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bake on the oven's middle shelf for 20 minutes. Remove the cookies to cool.
  8. 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.
  9. The recipe is compliments of Sal Scognamillo and was prepared on the show by his son Peter.

This recipe was featured on Season 20 - Episode 2025.

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Margaret Mutter

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thank-you for this recipe. i watched the show and told my daughter about the cookies, now we can make them with the grand kids.

lynda purcell

My favorite show reminds me of my aunts and grandmother It makes my heart smile Sincerely lynda


loved this show. it was wonderful to see the family tradition of passing on a love for food and culinary heritage.
i have received a lot of berry jam as a gift and this will be an excellent way of utilizing it. these look delicious.


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I thoroughly enjoyed your segment with Peter, the son of Sal Scognamillo, who demonstrated making his father’s Raspberry Maddaiana cookies. I enjoyed Peter’s interest in continuing family recipes. What a fine, polite young man, his thorough presentation and interaction with you was a pleasure to watch.

This kid has a good future for sure

I will definitely try making this cookie

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