Pizzicati (Italian Pinch Cookies)

What Are Pizzicati?

Pizzicati are Italian shortbread cookies filled with jam.  These are small, two-bite cookies, sold in local forni (bakeries) all over Italy, where it’s common to enjoy pizzicati dipped into a cup of espresso or coffee.

Make the Dough

Make a simple butter based cookie dough.


Roll the dough into a ball, then chill it in the fridge.

Roll Out

Roll the dough out, then use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds of dough.

Add Jam

Add a dollop of your favorite jam down the center, then pinch the ends together with your fingers.


Place the shaped pizzicati on a lined baking sheet and bake.

Add Sugar

Let the cookies cool completely, then finish with a dusting of powdered sugar. So pretty!

Dig In

Serve your pizzicati with coffee, tea or a cold glass of milk. Enjoy!