Befanini Cookies with rainbow sprinkles
Befanini cookies are traditional biscuits of northern Tuscany baked during Italian Christmas holidays. To me, these delicious and colored cookies always marked the beginning of Epiphany celebrations, the 5th January, and also a sign of the upcoming return to the normal life.
They take the name “Befanini” from the Befana, the old ugly lady that the night of the 5th January flies into the dark sky on her broomstick bringing stockings full of candies or charcoal to the kids.
When I was a kid, my mother used to prepare Befanini cookies with my sisters and me. We wanted to hold some of the sweetest moments we had together during Christmas for the following days when we had to go back to school. Those days, we used to have Befanini for breakfast with a mug of milk, and also as a morning snack at school the days after Epiphany day, which is celebrated the 6th January.
I know that abroad you do not celebrate Epiphany, but you can still prepare Befanini cookies with your kids, for your friends, or to share some Italian lifestyle.
Have a look at this video about the Befana with your kids, set in Epcot, US, where the legend of Befana is told, and show Befana is becoming popular even abroad.
Here is my mum’s recipe.The recipe is very “easy to make” and you can do it even with your children. In that case, you can avoid using rum.
If you are glutton for cakes, here is the post we dedicated to the Tuscan Christmas cakes.
Enjoy the making and let us know if you liked them.