I Prove Myself Wrong and Bake Delicious Cookies: Brutti Ma Buoni

Brutti ma buoni recipe (Eat Me. Drink Me.)

I keep telling people I can’t bake. This, for the most part is true. My numerous attempts at banana bread are too dry or too soggy or too awkward. Regarding a dense and lumpy batch, a friend told me, “It tastes like vegan banana bread,” which I guess could be a compliment.  Or…

But today, while looking for recipes to use for my Thanksgiving dinner, I chanced upon this gem for brutti ma buoni. The name translates to “ugly but good” and these nubby little cookies are just that. They taste like something from my childhood, like afternoon walks in the fall and honeyed granola. And they’re easy enough to make that not even I can screw them up.

Tray of ugly cookies (Eat Me. Drink Me.)

Brutti Ma Buoni
Adapted from Food & Wine, October 2010

1 ¼ cups almonds
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400. Toast almonds until browned, about six minutes. Pulse almonds, sugar, and salt in a food processor until finely chopped. Pour into a mixing bowl and add egg and vanilla. Grease baking sheet and spoon tablespoon-sized mounds onto the sheet. Bake in center of oven for 12 minutes.

Cookies (Eat Me. Drink Me.)


  1. Grandma says:

    Ummmm, they sound like a more delicious version of meringues. Might have to make them for Christmas.

  2. amyjmcintosh says:

    I’m not a confident baker either. I might give these a go. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. these sound good, and I love your description of your baked goods as awkward, made me chuckle :)

  4. Kathryn Coulibaly says:

    I can’t wait to try these cookies. I agree that food doesn’t need to be gorgeous to be good and I love trying new foods from other countries. Thanks for sharing it!


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