Bringing cookies to Italy

Old May 1st, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Bringing cookies to Italy

I am leaving for Italy 2 weeks from today for a 3 week stay. My husband, parents and I will be staying with my aunt/cousins in between traveling.
For something different to bring over I am making ccokies/candies. I am trying to make cookies that are more "American" I am making chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisins, chocolate coconut drops and a candy I make that uses butterscotch, potato sticks and peanuts. Is there anything else anyone can think of that is uniquely American that the average Italian would not see over there? In fact am I right in my assumption that the cookies I mentioned aren't something they would have had a chance to taste? Thanks.
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You can always do a nice butter cookie with very cute bright frosting.
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Those are all very un-Italian cookies. My Italian family loves the American cookies I make, probably becuase they have significantly more butter and sugar than the Italian biscotti and pastries. They use lots of almonds and almond paste for making cookies, at least here in Tuscany. Try white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies. Macadamias are used very rarely here, so they make a nice surprise. Peanuts and pecans are also seldom used. Consider peanut brittle? Pecan pie bars? Cinnamon is also not very commonly used.
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I forgot-- sugar cookies would be nice-- they don't make cookies with cookie cutters so the fun forms would make a nice impression.
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Butter cookies with coconut--I have a great recipe if you want it.
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You're taking all of my favorites. Sounds like a great gift for your relatives.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:57 PM
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Cookies with M&M's in them.

Blondies - - or even better, Craisin blondies - - the best name for a treat I ever heard (actually, in our home, I get credit for creating the term).

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Craisin blondies! I'm going to have to give that one a try. . .

And for the OP, what about regular brownies for Italy?
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I am somewhat set back by the idea of bringing anything edible to Italy. Their food is so good and you become so open to less than admirable glances.

Welcome gifts to my relatives over the years have included practical mechanical and personal care items.

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I think that home made cookies is a brilliant idea! I wish I'd thought of it. I had brought along some Jelly Belly's and Turkey Jerkey. They were both a big hit.

The next two times I went to Florence to see my friend, his friends had hoped that I brought the Jelly Belly's. Which I did, of course.
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i wish everyone who came to visit me would bring me a stash of homemade cookies!!

lucky relatives.

my local friends here are always impressd with the homemade baked goods most americans make.

oh.. and a rich, moist brownie has them rolling their eyes and saying "did YOU make this?!
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My friends in Venice are always appreciative of the brownies, blondies and fudges I bake to bring over. Everything is gone in minutes- even the crumbs.
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This thread is not retrievable, two weeks later, by searching for "blondies" - - how far off is the indexing... AGAIN?
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Very odd... a search for Petersburg retrieves a thread of only three days old about the Air France sale...
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