Canestrelli Thermomix Traditional Italian Biscuits

Canestrelli Thermomix

Would you like to cook famous Italian Canestrelli Biscuits with your Thermomix? In this way you will be able to prepare by yourself these delicious tea biscuits, instead of buying those of supermarkets, that often contain unhealthy ingredients or ingredients whose origin is unknown.

With regard to origin: I discovered that Canestrelli are traditional Italian biscuits typical of many regions but, above all, of Piemonte and Liguria. As usual, each region (and each person) has its own recipe.

With no doubt, the main ingredient of this recipe is butter, which confers to these little biscuits the taste and friability why we love them so much. ;-P

This recipe that I propose to you is an invention of Roberta and I wanted to prove it at once. They are excellent to offer to friends in cold winter afternoons sipping a cup of tea, while children are “quietly” playing in their bedroom.

Children like them so much that, often, when they realize I took the glass pot in which I keep them to offer them to my friends, they start going to and fro between bedroom and kitchen till they see the pot is empty.

My daughters liked them very much and they ate them at breakfast soaked in milk or as a snack joined in pairs with Nutella or jam in the middle. I advise you to try them with cherry jam or plum jam. I had them in my pantry since last summer... but they were so good that even my supplies are going to run out...

Instead, which are the typical biscuits of the region you live in? Do you prepare them with your Thermomix?


- 300 g Plain Flour
- 230 g Butter at room temperature
- 100 g Sugar
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 Spoon Vanilla Sugar or 1 Vanillin
- Icing Sugar or Vanilla Sugar as required

How to make Canestrelli with Thermomix

Work butter. 10 Sec. Speed 4.

Add sugar. 10 Sec. Speed 4.

Add the egg yolk, vanilla sugar (or vanillin) and salt. 20 Sec. Speed 4.

Add flour a little at a time at Speed 4/5.

Form a ball with the dough and put it in the fridge for 1 hour.

Roll out the dough to about 6/7 mm thick and cut biscuits in the shape of Canestrello (a flower like a daisy with a hole in the middle).

Put biscuits on a baking-pan covered with oven paper. Bake 12 Min. 175°.

Check that they don’t get too dark.

When they are cold, dust them with icing sugar or vanilla sugar.

My advise

You can substitute Trentino vanilla sugar with Vanilla Sugar made with Thermomix (so you will not have to get so far). :-D

If you have to make these biscuits for someone who is allergic to milk, you can substitute butter with margarine. Actually, many Canestrelli you can find at the supermarket are made with margarine. The taste will not be exactly the same, but they will be however delicious. ;-)

Translated from the Italian recipe
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