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Ricotta cookies from Castellano and Pizzo-MANY years ago

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Ricotta cookies from Castellano and Pizzo-MANY years ago

UWScook | May 9, 2011 01:08 PM

When I lived in Tampa, I always shopped at Castellano and Pizzo(this was 1993 to approx 1998/2000.There was a woman who made pastries(DELICIOUS) and the most spectacular ricotta cookies. Just before we left she was very,very ill and I assume she discontinued her business. I have tried to duplicate her cookies over the years to no avail.Is there anyone out there who has figured them outT They were cakey but light with little air pockets thruout. They were about 2- 3 inches high in the center and slopped downward. I know this is not a very culinary description but the best I can come up with. I have been using Nick Malgieri's recipe from Cookies Unlimited and have tweaked it every Christmas but they continue to elude me. I've tried other recipes but his is the closest. PLEASE HELP! I live in NYC now and have tried every Italian bakery from Arthur Ave. to the tip of Manhattan.You would make me very,very happy-Thanks in advance UpperWestside Cook(UWSCOOK) Manhattan Board

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