Italian Wine Biscuits

Italian Wine Biscuits: These delicious Italian cookies have subtle flavors of red wine, black pepper and a touch of salt and make a nice dessert course for an Italian menu served alongside fruit and cheese.

If you've never had Italian wine biscuits before, give them a try. They're not the prettiest cookies in the world, but the subtle flavors of the red wine, black pepper and a wee bit of salt is sure to get you hooked. This relatively standard recipe originates from a family friend whose father, an Italian immigrant, made his own red wine. The flavor that homemade wine gave to these biscuits was second to none, but if you use a good hearty red like Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon, it should yield great results.

Italian Wine Biscuits

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 dozen

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 dozen

  • Ingredients:
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper. Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil and wine. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

To form the biscuits, pinch off 1-inch balls of dough and gently roll into a small log about 1/2-inch in diameter. Bring the ends together to form a circle and pinch to close.

Place the formed biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg-water mixture. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes until solid and slightly crisp on the outside. Note: These cookies do not really brown, so test them after 12 minutes and time them according to your personal taste.

Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes:
It's important to note that wine biscuits are not really biscuits in the American sense at all - they're cookies! Try serving them with some fruit and cheese for dessert after an Italian menu. They pair really well with fortified wines like a sweet Marsala or Ruby Port.

comments & replies

i am excited to try this recipe for the wine biscuits , they look just like the ones my mom use to make! thank you for sharing.

Thank you so very much for posting this Wine Biscuits recipe! I have searched for years for the sounds exactly like the cookies prepared by my Sicilian-American "Papa" who would prepare them each fall after he had pressed the grapes for his homemade wine!

He would save these for himself...and savor a couple of these admittedly ugly cookies with strong, black Italian cookies. Even though a child, I preferred these cookies to the sweet, delicate and buttery cookies my Nana would prepare and which were devoured by her other grandchildren.

Dear Toni,

I can hardly wait to make these....and share some with my sibblings!
Buona Natale.....and thanks sincerely for the recipe and the precious memories of times long gone but never forgotten!


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