Bones of the Dead Biscuits

Bones of the Dead Biscuits


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About this recipe: An Italian biscuit also known as Ossi Dei Morti. Traditionally baked for All Souls Day, in remembrance of the dead. These biscuits are hard and sweet, perfect for teething babies or dunking into coffee.


Makes: 12 

  • 3 eggs
  • 240g icing sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:8hr drying  ›  Ready in:8hr35min 

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer at high speed. Mix for 6 to 10 minutes, until mixture is thick and pale.
  2. Combine the flour and baking powder together. Gradually add the flour to the egg mixture. If the dough is still sticky, you can add more flour.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into long log shapes, about 3.75cm in diameter and as long as your baking tray. Cover with a clean towel and let them sit out overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Remove the rolls of dough from the baking tray and place them on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 3.75cm long pieces. And return them to the baking trays.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until they are a light brown. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks. These biscuits can be stored for a month in an airtight container.

Cook's note

You could also shape these biscuits into fingers or bone shapes for Halloween.

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