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Makes 5 Loaves

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These cookies are created from dense, honey flavored dough that encases a chocolate, almond filling. This traditional Calabrian specialty is a great addition to any cookie tray!�

2 Pounds Lightly Toasted Almonds

2 Pounds Honey

1 (350gm) Package Chocolate Chips

4 Egg Yolks

6-8 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler with 1/4 cup of the honey until melted. Mix the almonds into this mixture, and set aside to cool slightly. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Make a mound of 6 cups of the flour on a pastry board or the counter, add the baking powder, and create a well in the center. Add the egg yolks and using a fork, mix into the flour. Begin to add the honey into this well, using a fork to combine with the flour. Continue to use all the honey, adding more flour as needed. Knead the dough until smooth.�

Divide the dough into 5 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball, and then flatten into a 1 inch thick oval. At one long end of the oval, place a few teaspoons of the chocolate mixture, and then fold over the other side to close it in. Place theses loaves on a lightly floured cookie sheet. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely and slice into 1/2 inch slices.

Nonna Lina � 2003

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