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Catholic Recipe: Mostaccioli


  • 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

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:15+

Origin: Italy


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Also Called: 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. Some writers think it was Frangipane, others think it was Mostaccioli or Almond cookies. Here is a recipe for this Italian almond pastry called Moastaccioli.


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