Preheat the oven to 200 °C (400° F).
Baking time: 20-25 minutes
Cornuelles are traditional cookies for Palm Sunday. Made from a shortbread dough and sprinkled with anise seeds, they are unique in two ways: they are triangular and have a hole in the center so that they can be sliopped onto branches. After the blessing, they can finally be enjoyed!
In the French town of Villebois-Lavalette, a whole Palm Sunday fair centres around them. At the same time in Barbezieux, bakers are making different cornuelles: shaped like pine cones and made with choux-pastry flavoured with orange flower water.
- Combine the butter, sugar and eggs.
- Blend in the flour and baking powder.
- Add some grated lemon zest or a little vanilla.
- Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 3 mm (1/8").
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out triangles and make a hole in the centre.
- Brush the cookies with egg, sprinkle with anise, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 200° C (400° F) for 20-25 minutes until nicely golden.
Collaboration: Comité départemental du tourisme de la Charente
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