Cavallucci: a delicious Christmas recipe from Tuscany

In Siena there is no Christmas without cavallucci! An ideal recipe for Christmas holidays to be enjoyed with family or friends, accompanied by a glass of vinsanto.
The Cavallucci are typical Sienese biscuits made with a very thick dough flavored with spices and enriched with nuts. Here is the recipe for these small “ugly but good” cookies.


  • 650g of 00 flour
  • 350g of sugar
  • 180 ml of water
  • 100g of walnut kernels
  • 80 g of candied fruit
  • 30g of icing sugar
  • a spoonful of baking soda
  • a tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • nutmeg to taste
  • aniseed to taste
  • pepper to taste

In a small saucepan, dissolve the sugar with the water until it is thick. Then let it cool.

Put in a large bowl: chopped walnuts, candied fruit, spices and baking soda. Mix all the ingredients and add the flour a little at a time. At this point, add the syrup prepared previously and mix well.

Knead the dough well (it will be a little sticky) and form balls with a diameter of 4/5 centimeters.
Lightly crush the balls with the fingertips (cavallucci must have an irregular shape) and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, let them cool.

Read also the Cantucci Recipe


Photo by: Lorenzo Vinci

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