Befanini, the Ephipany cookies from Versilia (Tuscan riviera).

Befanini versiliesi, biscotti tipici della Versilia per l'Epifania.

Today I am posting a recipe from a friend and fellow blogger called Elisa.

She own a blog ( in Italian) about good food and good restaurants of her zone, Versilia, a renowned part of Tuscan riviera.

To let you know more about Versilia I share with you a site ( in English and other languages) https://www.versilia.org/en : food is always a trigger to learn more about places in the world!

In Italy on the night of 6 January the Befana ( an old, not so beautiful lady) brings gift to good children and coal to bad ones: nowadays gifts are toys and beautiful things, in the past mainly fruit, walnuts, some coins and cookies.

In Versilia befanini were and are the usual cookies for this event: they are usually made bigger than a standard cookie ( the size of a hand) but I had not the right cookie cutter and I made them the standard cookie size.

They are pretty easy and perfect with a big bowl of milk.

Befanini, the Ephipany cookies from Versilia (Tuscan riviera).

Servings: 40


  • 500 g plain flour
  • 300 g sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 glass milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 bag baking powder
  • 1 orange or lemon ( zest only)
  • 1 tbsp rhum ( or other liquor)
  • funfetti


  • Sift flour and baking powder, mix with salt and sugar.
    Add butter and eggs, mix well, then add zest, rhum, milk enough to have a soft but not sticky dough.
    Knead for 5-7 minutes then wrap in cling film and rest in fridge for 1 hour.
  • Roll the dough on a slightly floured surface, cut shapes with a cookie cutter and put them on a baking tray keeping distances.
    Sprinkle with funfetti; to let them stick better you can brush cookies with milk, honey or beaten egg.
  • Bake at 356°F/180°C for 15-20 minutes ( depends on how big you made them) or until golden on edges.
  • Wait for them to cool before touching and storing.
  • They can last up to 10 days in a tin box.
Befanini, the Ephipany cookies from Versilia (Tuscan riviera).

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