Italian Wedding Cookies

Pastissus Traditional Sardinian Cookies

Italian wedding cookies that will make  perfect elegant wedding centerpieces for your wedding celebrations.

These dainty decorated Italian cookies are not only absolutely gorgeous to look at… they are a divinity to eat as well!

I love to see cookie recipes with pictures, so if you do too...them you are in for a treat!

Italian Wedding Cookies...
italian wedding cookies

One great thing about these elegant Italian wedding cakes,  is that you can make them up to ten days before your wedding day.

No freezer, No fridge, just wrap them up well and they will be fine.

These wedding cookies are known as Pastissus pronounced (PAST TEA SUE SUES).

Iced Italian Wedding Cakes...
italian wedding cookies

These Italian wedding cookies are made up for all special occasions and 90% of the time they are always homemade.

Finding a cake shop that makes them and really goes to town on the decorations is not easy as they are time consuming .

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Unique wedding ideas on how to use these Italian cakes are bomboniera (wedding favors),  I made them once for my sister-in-laws wedding.

I pain saintly hand painted their names and the date of their wedding on each one, decorated them up to the nines and they were a huge success!

What are these Italian wedding cookies made of…. A delicate sponge made with almond flour encased in a super thin pastry, iced over the top and decorated.

Obviously the finer the decorations the more delicate they are.

Wedding Cookie Recipe

Note this recipe makes about 60 cookies


  • Electric whisk
  • Bowl
  • Rolling  pin
  • Metal pastry cases
  • Baking tray

These pastry cases are just perfect for these cookies.

If you need to buy these cases, there is a set of 36 just remember to half the amounts in the recipe so that you can prepared them all in one go.

For more ideas and selection of ideal tart pans click here.


Italian Pastry Dough

  • 350gr Flour
  • 50gr Lard
  • 3 Whole Eggs


  • 350gr Almond flour
  • 4 Whole eggs
  • 350gr Sugar
  • 150 gr Flour  (Self Raising or Plain flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 75gr Butter (melted)
  • 1 Lemon rind
  • 1 Tblsp Liquor Sambuca/Millefiori/Strega/Maraschino


Prepare The Italian Pastry Dough

preparing the pastry for wedding cookies

1. Place the flour, eggs and lard in to a bowl or an electric mixer until a well combined dough is achieved.

(N.B.! If the dough seems dry add a few drops of water.)

rollling out the pastry

2. Roll out the dough as thinly as possible

Place a metal pastry case upside down on the rolled out dough and cut into strips a good 1cm wider than the pastry cases.

lining tart pans with thin pastry

3. Take the strips and carefully press into the metal pastry cases.

remixing the pastry dough
4. With the help of the palm of your hand  gentle press the edges of the pastry cases.

You will find that it will break away with ease.

tips on how to adhere pastry to pan
5. To help you press the rolled out dough well into the cases use a ball of pastry.

a pastry lined tart pan

6. The dough needs to adhere perfectly to the metal cases in order not to form air bubbles when baking.

italian wedding cookies

7. N.B. You will note that when you collect all the cuttings of pastry, it will be dry.

italian wedding cookies

8. Add a few drops of water to until you achieve a ball of dough again.

Repeat the process until you have filled all the pastry cases you need.

Preparation of filling

sac au poche with filling

1. Give it a quick whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
N.B. Pay attention to the bottom of the bowl, give it a good scraping and mix

Place the mixture in to a piping bag

filling the lined pans with almond mixture
2. Pipe the mixture in to the prepared pastry cases.They need to be filled a good half way.

It is better to have too much filling than not enough  in the cases as we want to achieve a nice flat surface.

half baked italian wedding cookies

3. Place in to a preheated oven 170°C

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

bakeditalian wedding cookies

4. Leave to cool and remove from the metal cases.

prepared wedding cookie

5. You can see from the pictures that the wedding cookies tend to rise and form a dome shape.

If you are not fussed about the appearance of these cookies you can leave then as they are.

cutting the tops off the cookie

6. If you are instead looking to make your perfect Italian wedding cookies, you need to carefully cut off the tops to obtain a nice flat surface.

Now for the fun bit, decorating
your exclusive Italian wedding cookies…

spreading the cookies with icing

1. You need to make up a basic royal icing, with egg white and icing sugar.

Then add a few drops of water at a time to make it slightly runnier in order to obtain a smooth surface.

iced wedding cookie with small hand made flower

2. Ice the tops of the wedding cookies., use a small spatula to help you.

Whatever you decide to use to decorate your wedding cookies with now is the time to stick them on.

ready iced cookie left to dry

3. Leave the icing to dry.

wedding cookie with piped icing decorations

4. Once the iced surface if dry, run away with your fantasy,  pipe and paint your Italian wedding cookies and for a great final touch, a sprinkle of white glitter.

If you decide to make these Italian wedding cakes, please remember one thing; the reason these Italian cakes keep so well is because of the icing. Make sure you cover all the filling well leaving no gaps. This seals the filling, so that no air gets to it maintaining the filling moist.

Find out some unique Italian wedding ideas on how to decorate these Italian cookies.

Whether you need some help with this wedding cookie recipe or whether you would like to show off your wedding cookie photo's, please pop over to Italian Wedding Cookies comments.

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