Mustaches, Almond Cookies, Moastaccioli

There is one and only one earthly food that St. Francis of Assisi is
known to have loved, and this particular delicacy he enjoyed so much
that he asked for some on his deathbed. Here is a recipe for this
Italian almond pastry called Moastaccioli.


1 pound blanched almonds

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon, or 1 teaspoon vanilla

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

Approximately 1 cup flour

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 3 hours


Chop the almonds very fine or coarsely grind in a blender.

In a bowl combine the nuts, honey, cinnamon, and egg whites. Mix
thoroughly. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a thick paste.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the paste until smooth and stiff.
Roll out to about 1/4 inch. Cut into diamond shapes, about 2 1/2
inches long. Place the diamonds on a lightly buttered and floured
baking sheet. Let dry for 1 to 2 hours.

Bake in a preheated 250 F oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until set. Do
not let brown.

Recipe Source: Continual Feast, A by Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ignatius
Press, San Francisco , 1985

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