The Italian name of these little cookies literally translates as ‘little horses’, as they were once made for the riders and stablehands of the famous horse race, known as Palio, which is run in Siena twice a year. Over the years, the cookies gradually became so popular that they are now almost as well known, and certainly as typical, as the famous panforte di Siena, the hard, spicy, fruit-laden flat cake that also originates from the town. These cookies are wonderfully chewy and strongly flavoured with aniseed, and are traditionally eaten around Christmas time. They are especially delicious served with strong coffee.
Although it is traditional to use acacia honey in this recipe, you could use another variety.
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