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Alternative names Empiñonados
Type Cookie
Place of origin Catalonia
Region or state Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon and Balearic Islands
Main ingredients Marzipan, pine nuts
Cookbook: Panellets  Media: Panellets

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, Ibiza[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]

The Catalan Federation of Pastry has TSG products for typical and traditional Catalan food such as buns.

The initiative came out of confectioners of Catalonia to ensure, for consumers, the quality of traditional forms of buns. They did a study of the history of the development and the purity of the product by the School of Confectionery Guild of Barcelona, which was endorsed by the DARP (Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Generalitat of Catalonia) and subsequently ratified by the European Community.

ETG buns must be prepared exclusively with almonds, sugar and eggs.

No starches like potatoes or sweet potatoes may be added. It is also forbidden to add artificial colours and preservatives.

Therefore, for buns ETG guarantees the purity of the ingredients and the handmade process.

For consumers of buns, the symbol means purity of ingredients, quality and craftsmanship. These conditions ensure the consumption of some buns authentic and genuine.


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