Dead Man’s Bones

Mamma’s Recipe

Dead Man’s Bones are a traditional Sicilian cookie often made for All Soul’s Day and Christmas – but have become popular here for Halloween because of their likeness to little white bones. They’re also known by the names scardellini and ossa di morto. We’re sharing Mamma Antonietta’s recipe with you below so you can try something a little different this year for your Halloween party treats!

Mamma's Dead Man's Bones3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 lb confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla powder
3 tsp baking powder

In a bowl, beat 3 eggs with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.

In another large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients.

Fold in the eggs.

Roll the mixture into a thick rope, 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick.

Flatten the rope just a little, and cut into 1″ thick beads.

You can shape them into little bones, if you like.

Place the bones on a baking sheet about 2″ apart. Cover with a towel and let rest for 4 hours.

Place the bones in a 325°F oven for 8 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!