When my children were small, I tried to give them some sense of what their Italian heritage was. One of the books I read to them was Strega Nona, and another was the Legend of La Befana. These are two beautiful books written by Tomie dePaola.
The legend tells of an old woman named La Befana who decided not to join the Wisemen on their quest to find the baby, Jesus. But she quickly regretted her decision and set out on her magical broom with a knapsack full of presents to find the baby. She never did find the baby so she visited all the children of Italy and gifted her presents to them. She returns every January 5 to give presents to the children of Italy.
So I am leaving you with a recipe for Nutella Neopolitan Cookies which, I am sure, Le Befana would enjoy and help her stay fueled for her journey. Or Santa and is wonderful reindeers would surely enjoy an Italian Cookie on December 24.
This is one delicious and very pretty cookie. The Nutella adds an additional almond taste to this traditional cookie. I hope that you enjoy it.
26 responses to “NUTELLA NEAPOLITAN COOKIES – a sweet treat for La Befana”
OOH! I am going to try this one. It looks pretty and I just may be able to do it. Strga Nonna was one my and my kids favorite story.
I think at one point in my life I was in love with Tomi dePaolo. Shhh! Don’t Tell Dom!
Good looking cookies, and I’m guessing they are pretty tasty as well.
Hi Bernadette, these cookies are delightful. I enjoyed your story very much too.
A much appreciated compliment coming from such an accomplished woman.
I love the legend of Strga Nonna. The cookies look fabulous and the kids would love them. (and big kids too!)
Darlene, thanks for stopping by and have a great week! Your post is coming up this Thursday and I know everyone is going to love it.
Beautiful cookies! Love the addition of raspberry jam. 🙂
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Thank you so much Yesenia.
Very pretty! Way too much work for me!
It is a bit of work but fortunately, I divided the work into two days.
these look wonderful bernadette. i do love me some Nutella :=)
I really haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like Nutella. Have a great week Sherry.
these look so pretty. i do love Nutella.
This both sounds and looks amazing. I think I’ll bake some to take Tomy daughter’s at Christmas. My granddaughter loves Nutella, so I’m sure she’ll devour these.
That is the best compliment I have received in a while. Enjoy!
Another great story that I loved, thank you Bernadette and who doesn’t love Nutella! The cookies look beautiful!
Thanks so much Jenna. My goal this year was to try and learn to bake. The cookies don’t look perfect but I have so much more confidence. ❤️
Thanks so much Jenna.
What a fun story! These pretty cookies would certainly give me fuel for my own journey… right back to the plate for another cookie! 🙂
These look yummy and of course of love the Italian traditions – keep sharing it with the world!
Thanks so much my friend.
Yum! They sound and look delicious. And as you’ve brilliantly combined them with history and literature how could anyone refuse?
☺️thanks so much for the huge compliment.
Thanks for sharing at our 2022 Great Cookie Exchange!