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Ricciarelli from Siena
Type Biscuit
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Siena, Tuscany
Main ingredients Almonds, sugar, honey, egg whites
Cookbook:Ricciarelli  Ricciarelli

Ricciarelli are a traditional Italian biscuit with origin in the Tuscan city of Siena dating to the 14th century. Legend holds that they were introduced by Ricciardetto della Gherardesca in his castle near Volterra upon his return from the Crusades.[citation needed]

Today, the biscuits are made using an almond base[1] with sugar, honey and egg white. When prepared in the traditional method, the almonds are ground with a milling machine, and the finished mix is formed into numerous oval- or lozenge-shaped cookies[1] that are set aside for two days before baking. The rough and crackled surface is usually lightly sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Ricciarelli are typically consumed at Christmas, served with a dessert wine such as Vin Santo or Moscadello di Montalcino.


  1. ^ a b Esposito 2007, p. 169.