The Finer Cookie: Hazelnut Chocolate Meringue

I never tasted a Brutti Ma Buoni cookie that I didn’t like

By Kimberlie Robert

Of the hundreds of variations of Brutti ma Buoni, the toasty hazelnuts are the only ingredient that is non-negotiable. My husband brought a handful of cookies to the TV and offered me one, but he didn’t bring enough. I cannot eat just one—I HAVE to eat at least two. I just lose control. They make my mouth water. They are ridiculously good. Impossibly delicious. The Cookie Monster whispers into my ear, and it’s all I can think about until they are gone. I mean it, these cookies are the absolute bomb.

The real question is whether to cook the Brutti ma Buoni batter prior to baking. Tradition calls for it, but today, many people (especially in North America) are skipping this step and baking directly once the batter is folded. I’ve had them both ways. Cooking the meringue prior to baking creates a very crispy shell and chewy centre whereas baking directly without cooking yields a chewy cookie—top to bottom. I guess I was in the mood for a chewy cookie with crunchy, toasty hazelnuts, delicious chocolate and espresso. I’ve seen Brutti Ma Buoni made with cinnamon, almond extract and sometimes almonds, but this is where family traditions kick in. Bottom line though, I never tasted a Brutti Ma Buoni cookie that I didn’t like, and I doubt you will either.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Meringue Cookies (Brutti Ma Buoni)

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Photographed by Kimberlie Robert

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Kimberlie Robert is currently the Executive Cookie Maker at The Finer Cookie. As of recently, she has worked as an Executive Assistant for five years. Prior to that she was the Coordinating Director/Partner of an Advertising Agency. She has earned an MA in Art History and a BA in English Literature. She is also a writer and researcher, short story editor, pastry chef, tango dancer and gardener.

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