Ossi di Morto, literally bones of the dead, are a Tuscan cookie made especially for November 2nd, All Souls Day (called Day of the Dead in some cultures). They get their name from their alabaster color and brittleness.more
cup hazelnuts (about 4 ounces), roughly chopped
cup almond, roughly chopped
the juice of one lemon
Preheat your oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, egg whites, sugar, and lemon juice. Add the nuts, and work the mixture until the dough is firm. Shape the dough into a ball and then roll it out into a long thick snake shape (just like kids do with clay). Cut the snake into 1/2 inch thick slices and break into 2 or 3 pieces and flatten into "bones." (See the photo above) Butter a cookie sheet, dust it flour, lay the bones on it, and bake for about 20 minutes. Do not let them get too brown. Cool before serving.