Italian Almond & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Biscuits

by Francesca
12 Biscuits
50 min

I’m so excited to share with you the recipe of one of my absolute favourite childhood biscuits.

They can be called trecce, intorcinati, intorchiate, all names refer to the braid like shape of these biscuits, and they are typically from Puglia, the beautiful region where I'm from in Italy.

The ingredients are incredibly simple and typical of a Mediterranean cuisine, yet these biscuits are incredibly addicting!

These biscuits are so yummy!

They are perfect to dunk into some nice coffee like Italian people love to do!

Making them is so easy and you get an amazing treat!

You can watch my kids making these biscuits during a cookalong!

Italian Almond & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Biscuits
Recipe details
  • 12  Biscuits
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients for the dough
  • 250 (2 cups plus 1 tbsp) plain flour
  • 75 gr (1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 75 gr (2 3/4 oz) extra virgin olive oil
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) dry white wine
  • pinch of salt
For the decoration
  • 3 almonds per biscuit
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar/brown sugar
Start by measuring all ingredients and place them in a mixing bowl all together: flour, sugar, oil, wine.

Mix with your hands until you get a dough soft and elastic but not sticky.

Let it rest in the bowl covered with a towel for about 20 minutes.

Then pick the dough and start making intorchiate by rolling a bit of dough into twisted shape. 

Line a flat baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven at 180 degrees (356 F).

Divide the dough into 24 approximately equal pieces. Roll 2 pieces of dough with the palms of your hands against a flat surface to make them into a rope shape of about 12cm. Pinch one end of the rope together with one end of the other rope, then twist the two ropes around one another to form a twist, with the dough strands crossing twice and meeting at the bottom to form three spaces. Press the ends together at the bottom to seal them. Continue forming the twists until you have filled the baking tray with 12 cookies. 

Press three almonds into each cookie and sprinkle some sugar.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (356 F) for about 20 minutes or until golden.
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  • Aimee Aimee on Jun 30, 2021

    Yum! Love that these are easy enough to make with the kids.

    • Francesca Francesca on Jun 30, 2021

      Thank you! Yes it’s a great activity with the kids and they love the yummy result!😋

  • Jonidee Jonidee on Jul 07, 2021

    How long do you bake them? I don’t see that listed here.

    • Francesca Francesca on Jul 08, 2021

      Oh yes I’m going to update. It’s 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius 😀