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Rose del Deserto (Desert Roses)

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Editor’s note: Though we’re food-oriented, Taste California Travel doesn’t run many recipes.

However, with the holidays coming up, we thought this Italian cookie recipe might appeal to the bakers in our audience.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 10 minutes

Yield: about 35-40 cookies



130 g (⅔ cup) granulated sugar

120 g (4.3 oz ) unsalted butter (at room temperature)

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

240 g (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour

5 g (1 teaspoon) baking powder

Pinch of salt

180 g (1 cup) chocolate chips

200 g (7 oz) approx., cornflakes (like Special K) or similar

Powdered sugar



Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 °F). Cream the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract. Then mix the flour and the baking powder together in a small bowl. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and stir in the chocolate chips. Roll teaspoon-sized balls of dough in a bowl of cornflakes. Place the cookies, well-spaced (about 3-4 cm), on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar on top, just before serving.

Note: This recipe makes about 35-40 cookies. If the dough is too sticky, add one or two spoons of flour. You can substitute chocolate chips with other ingredients such as raisins, for an even healthier snack. Store in a airtight container. You can also store the baked cookies in the freezer; before serving, let them thaw at room temperature and then sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn Picmonkey 


The recipe for Rose del Deserto is from Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn, who says eating healthy is an extra challenge during the holidays, but it doesn't have to be that difficult with her improved version of the classic Mediterranean diet, which she aptly calls The Mamma Mia! Diet.

Paola is an Italian pharmacist, researcher and food writer. Cooking, eating healthy food and staying active have always been her life-long passions. She has a cooking blog, Passion and Cooking, and contributes to several international magazines. She has previously published in Italy Love is Eating, focusing on Italian culinary culture.

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