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Recipe: Italian Wine Biscuits

on June 7, 2015

The Pooh and I made wine biscuits a few days ago for her daddy. They are one of his favorite cookies. Now, I know I owe you people a more serious post about ADD and such. Don’t worry, it’s coming.

In the meantime, let’s talk cookies.

If you know me personally, you know that I am a cookie monster. I just LOVE cookies, and this particular one has a charm all its own. It is simple, only slightly sweet, and can be made with basic staples in your kitchen.

I had never heard of wine biscuits until I got to know my husband, Michael, who is Italian American and a native of Providence, Rhode Island. The wine biscuit is beloved by the Italian American community here. If you look in local bakeries and supermarkets around Providence you can find it, but I have never seen it anywhere else.

When Michael’s mother gave me the recipe, I had to smile.

The recipe makes at least five (5) dozen cookies, which would feed a large family as well as neighbors and relatives stopping by for coffee. It also utilizes simple things that anyone would have in their kitchen (provided that red wine is a staple, of course).

The alcohol in the red wine burns off during baking, so the cookies are non-alcoholic and safe for children and teetotalers to eat.

This past Wednesday, the Pooh and I whipped up a batch as a surprise for Michael. I had not made them in a long time. Once we started, I realized that they were very kid friendly to make. A child can stir the mixture in the early stages very easily, since it is so liquid.

Stirring the liquid mixture

Stirring the liquid mixture

An adult takes over once the dough becomes heavier. Once it reaches the right consistency, it feels like fresh Play-Doh and rolls out in the same way. Fun!

You can even make a smiley face in the dough

You can even make a smiley face in the dough

I separated the dough into two parts, and the Pooh had her own portion to roll out and form.

When we finished our cookies, we took the copious extras to her music class, as well as to a big playdate at a local playground. They were a surprise hit. Since a few people asked me for the recipe, I decided to post it to my blog.

Enough preamble. Here it is:

Italian Wine Biscuits (D’Amico family recipe)

1 egg
1 cup red wine (jug burgundy or inexpensive red table wine is perfect)
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
5 cups (maybe more) of white flour
1 egg white (for brushing cookies before baking)
Pastry or basting brush
Cookie sheet (ungreased)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (You may need to experiment and go to 375 degrees or even 400 degrees, depending on your oven).

1) In single large bowl, beat egg.
2) Add wine, oil, and sugar. Blend well.
3) Add baking powder and salt.
4) Add flour, one cup at a time, until the dough is the consistency of fresh Play Doh (i.e., suitable for molding and rolling). The dough will be a grey color.
5) Pull out an ungreased cookie sheet.
6) Pinch off a piece of dough and make about a 5-6 inch length, nice and thin.
7) Form it into a circle and pinch the ends together to complete the circle.
8) When you finish placing the cookies on the sheet, brush them with egg white
9) Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned.
10) Remove from cookie sheet and cool on baking rack.

They should be dry in consistency and have a crunch to them. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy with coffee or milk.

Formed raw dough, brushed with egg white

Formed raw dough, brushed with egg white


Baked wine biscuits, fresh out of the oven. They should be slightly browned.


Wine biscuits, ready to enjoy with coffee or milk!

2 responses to “Recipe: Italian Wine Biscuits

  1. jgroeber says:

    These sound absolutely yummy! Looking forward to trying the recipe. And I LOVE the photos of your little chef. Adorable.


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