Sunday, June 16 2024

Genovesi di Erice: typical sweets of the town of Erice, they are shortbread pastries with a delicate custard inside and, to top it off, a dusting of powdered sugar.

The etymology of the name remains uncertain, the most credited hypothesis on its derivation would concern the shape of the hat of Genoese sailors.

Indeed, it is recalled that trade between Trapani and Genoa was very intense, making it plausible that the famous “genovesi di erice” were named after this association of images.






  • 1 Crema Pasticcera Recipe (Custard)
  • 2+1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt


Heat oven at 350 F.
Prepare the custard first and set a side to cool.
START THE COOKIES: Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer or by hand.
Flour your surface and the cookie dough.
With a rolling pin, roll the dough at about 1/4 inch thickness.
Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies.
Place a teaspoon full of custard in the center of half of the cookies.
Using your fingers flatten out the cut out cookies without the custard and give them a dome shape.
Place the cookie over the custard and seal the rim of the cookie.
Using a fork, seal the rim of the cookies making an outward motion (place the fork on the rim of the cookie and pull out, but don’t press too much).
Place the cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and bake in the oven until the edges are starting to brown (about 12-15 minutes).
Take the cookies out of the oven and off the cookie sheet to cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy these delicious cookies.
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