Try a Maltese Tradition and enjoy World Figolli Day!

I admit I had never heard of a “Figolli” before Nanette of Gourmet Worrier invited me to participate in her “World Figolli Day” event. It turns out that they are a quite yummy traditional Easter treat from Malta.

Sort of a cross between a cookie and a hand pie, they are made from a citrus zest flecked,  egg yolk enriched, buttery short dough that sandwiches a delicious almond filling made fragrant with orange blossom water. You mix up the dough and chill it briefly, then roll it out very thinly, cut into shapes, spread the filling, then top with another cut out of the same shape. You bake them, cool them and then decorate them to your heart’s content.

I made lambs, sunflowers, eggs, butterflies and chicks using chocolate, butter-cream, white chocolate ganache and sanding sugar to decorate.

Lots of springtime fun here! You can find the full recipe at Nanette’s post here. I did add a splash of vanilla and almond extract to the filling- just to put them over the top. 😉


  1. casalba says:

    I’ve never heard of these either. My favourites are the sunflowers and the lambs. (Actually the lambs are just adorable – they even looked good undecorated.)

  2. Recipe contests says:

    Oh my goodness! These are adorable! Now I’m sad that I didn’t see these before Easter. Do you think that adding some fruit on top would be taking it overboard?

  3. Tonya says:

    They were absolutely delicious! What a lucky girl I am to have been able to sample them. Yum.

  4. Gabi says:

    Thanks so much Nanette. They were fun to make and delicious. Thanks for introducing them to me and for hosting a great event like World Figolli Day!

  5. bellini says:

    They do sound delicious Gabi and with your whimsical shapes they make the perfect treat for Easter or even the beginning of Spring!

  6. Nanette says:

    Gabi your figolli are gorgeous!

    Absolutely love your sunflower!

    Hope you enjoyed eating them too, they look delicious!

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