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Alternative namesEmpiñonados
Place of originCatalonia
Region or stateCatalonia, Valencia, Aragon and Balearic Islands
Main ingredientsMarzipan, pine nuts

Panellets[1] (Catalan pronunciation: [pənəˈʎɛts], singular: panellet; Catalan for "little bread") are the traditional dessert of the All Saints' Day, known as Castanyada, in Catalonia, Andorra, Eivissa[2] and the Land of Valencia, with chestnuts and sweet potatoes. Panellets are often accompanied with a sweet wine, usually moscatell, mistela, vi de missa or vi ranci. Panellets are small cakes or cookies in different shapes, mostly round, made mainly of marzipan (a paste made of almonds and sugar). The most popular are the panellets covered with pine nuts, consisting of the panellet basis (marzipan) rolled in pine nuts and varnished with egg. In Sevilla, in southern Spain, these cookies are known as empiñonados.

Panellets date at least from the 18th century, when they were used as blessed food to share after some religious celebrations (Panellets de Sant Marc and Panellets de la Santa Creu)."

It is believed that its origins are in Northern Europe,[citation needed] more likely of Arab origin for the ingredients used.

Within Europe, panellets have TSG status.[3]


  1. ^ TERMCAT (ed.). "Panellet". Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Essay on Eivissa culture[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Official Journal of the European Union (accessed 01/07/2015)