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Sweet Canistrelli a Corsican Breakfast Tradition Coffee and Cookies

Sweet canistrelli cookies are a Corsican specialty, which are available in many different flavours. Although the recipe comes from Corsica the cookies are easy to find in Provence, from grocery stores, to markets to specialty shops. Or better yet, make them yourself.

Ginger and Nutmeg discovered canistrelli on their trip to Corsica. It is an easy voyage to the beautiful island from several ports in Provence (Marseille, Toulon and Nice) or via airplane.  Here is what Nutmeg shared:

It is highly probable, that Nutmeg’s nutritionist friends will not consider this practice remarkably healthy. So only do so sparingly, or when they are not watching.

There is something decadent, childish and delightful about eating cookies with your morning coffee. Ginger and Nutmeg have discovered along their travel routes to Italy and Corsica that this “sweet” tradition is decidedly a part of the routine in some areas.

The Canistrelli are a Corsican classic. These cookies can be found throughout the island and specialty sections of grocery stores in southern France. These biscuits are crunchy and flaky at the same time; the secret is in the olive oil. Canistrelli are not as hard as Italian biscotti. Read the full post here.

Recipe attribution is below.

Canistrelli Corsican Cookies

Canistrelli (Corsican Cookies)

These Canistrelli are very easy to make and will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks (if you can resist them).
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 2 dozen


  • 2 2/3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/3 Cups Chestnut or Almond Flour or Whole Wheat
  • 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Lemon for zest
  • 2/3 Cup olive oil
  • 2/3 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Cup Raisins, Nuts or Chocolate pieces optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, sugar, and lemon zest
  • Stir the liquids into the solids, working gently with a fork, until the dough comes together and forms a ball
  • Knead quickly until smooth, but do not overwork
  • The dough will be moist, if it is too sticky add a bit of flour
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface
  • With your hand work to a thickness of ¾ inch (2 cm) in thickness
  • Slice the dough, with a knife into squares
  • Transfer the pieces onto the baking sheet, leave a bit of room for expansion
  • Bake for 15 minutes then lower the heat to 325°F (160°C) and bake for another 15 minutes, the cookies should be just starting to turn golden brown
  • Cool completely on a rack


The basic recipe is fully attributable to CLOTILDE’s EDIBLE ADVENTURES IN PARIS by Clotilde Dusoulier, Copyright c 2008 by Clotilde Dusoulier. Published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc. Title : Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris Author : Clotilde Dusoulier Publisher: Broadway Books.
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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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