Venetian Spice Cookies (Bicciolani)


The intense blend of spices in these cookies is a tip of the hat to Venice's history as a conduit for the spice trade between Europe and the Far East.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 40 mins
40 cookies


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • Pinch of ground coriander

  • Pinch of ground mace

  • Pinch of ground white pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, sugar, cornmeal, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mace, white pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Blend the ingredients with your fingertips until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a 7-by-1 1/2-inch log and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 6 hours or up to 3 days.

  2. Position racks in middle and upper third of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Let the dough stand at room temperature while the oven preheats. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Slice the dough into 1/8-inch-thick rounds and place at least 1 inch apart on the prepared pans. Bake the cookies, switching the pans between racks and rotating from back to front halfway through, until lightly browned around the edges and firm in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dough (Step 1) overnight. Store cookies airtight for up to 1 week.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

45 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 1g 1%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Vitamin A 97IU 2%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 1mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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