Thursday, August 26, 2010


The "paste 'd melia" (as they are called in piedmontese dialect) date back to the country tradition of Piedmont.

Cookies of maize are produced traditionally in the area of Mondovì and Cuneo in the mountains that surround the city, where he also created a Slow Food presidium of the cookies of maize.

But the recipe for these Piedmont sweets  has spread to Barge, and even in the valley of Susa and in Biella province . 

THE Cookies of maize RECIPE: 

200 g butter
200 g sugar
200 grams corn flour
3 egg yolks.

Mix butter, sugar, flour and maize and 3 egg yolks. Pull a sheet of rather thick and cut out round cookies. Bake at 180 degrees for about half an hour.

The tradition ask that cookies of maize was accompained with sambayon (another typical Piedmontese recipe) or in red wine, sweet or better Barolo Chinato.

Tipical italian Piedmont recipes the recipes of the Italy tratition on


  1. The photo looks like the cookies were made with a cookie press (like spritz cookies). Were they? The directions say they are rolled and cut. Is the 180 centigrade? Please advise. Thank you.

  2. Yes I think they were too! You can also do them the simple way like in recipe and take a fork and twirl it around to center of each cookie for this look!