Veniero’s is a bakery in Manhattan that’s been around since 1894. It’s said to be America’s oldest Italian bakery. I’m not sure if thats true, but I do know Veniero’s is a New York institution. There is line to order pastries no matter what time you go.
One of my favorite things besides their cheesecakes are the “quaresimale” cookies. The name of the cookie derives from the Italian word “quaresima,” which means “Lent.” They’re traditionally eaten during Lent but once you taste these cookies, your going to want to eat them all the time.
When I found this recipe in a cook book I had, I was so excited. It was inspired from the original recipe given to the author by one of the bakers from Veniero’s. They made it home baker friendly. I must say this recipe is the closest to the bakerie’s cookies that I’ve tasted. They should be hard, super crunchy, nutty & warm with cinnamon. This makes them perfect for dunking into a hot cup of coffee. If they’re in my house, they become my breakfast. Happy dunking!
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