The Legend of the San Nicolas Cookie (Video)
The San Nicolas Cookie isn’t just a soft and delicious treat, it carries a rich history and unique characteristics that make it stand out. Originating in the 1600s in the Philippines, these cookies were a creative solution to the excess egg yolks faced by local establishments. Spanish nuns introduced recipes that ingeniously utilized these surplus yolks, providing a practical solution to an egg-related dilemma.
Named after Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, an Italian saint known for his healing powers, these cookies are imbued with a touch of mystique with it being said they possess some of his magical healing abilities. What truly makes the San Nicolas Cookie special is its deep-rooted connection to tradition. Passed down through generations, the recipe serves as a link to the past, preserving not only the culinary technique but also the essence of history itself. Baking a batch of San Nicolas Cookies is a tribute to the craftsmanship that has persisted for nearly 300 years. The careful precision in measurements ensures that the legacy lives on in every bite.
Top image: The Legend of the San Nicolas Cookie. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Great Big Story.