Pets de Monja

This typical Catalan cookie was invented by an Italian pastry chef in Barcelona who gave it the name "petto di monca" (nun's breasts), in reference to the cookie's shape. The name has since changed to pets de monja, in Catalan meaning nun's farts. Despite its name, these nut cookies are a common snack enjoyed throughout Catalonia.

Makes 8-10 small cookies

What you need:

1/2 cup margarine
3 tbsp sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup finely ground nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds)

Preheat your oven to 175 °C (350°F)
In a bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup margarine and 3 tbsp sugar until creamy. Slowly add the flour and nut mixture until a dough forms. Form the dough into small balls with a point at the top (your choice, the tradition is in it's shape) and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle powdered sugar after baking for extra sweetness.


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