Indigenous to the island of Rab, Croatia, these absolutely addictive cookies known as muštaćoni are the epitome of simplicity.
Simple in appearance, simple ingredients, simple to make.
Where they’re not so simple is in the flavour department. Dark chocolate and heady spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. They’ve got a real ‘perfume’ about them.
I’m not entirely sure as to why muštaćoni have been named after moustaches; I mean, they don’t even resemble one. Plus the Croatian name for a moustache is brkovi. Nobody has brkovi shaped like these cookies, do they?
Hrvatska, možete li mi prosvijetliti?
(Croatia, can you enlighten me?)
This is a recipe from one of the cards my foodie friend sent me from Croatia. Another classic recipe that needs to be kept alive and shared to the world.
And those of you that are gluten-free, well, these could work for you.
They’re soft, moist, spicy and not over the top with sugar. My little addition to this traditional specialty from the island of Rab is a final adornment of dark chocolate. I mean, they’re kind of screaming for it.
Yes, many people seem to bundle them up in ribbons, but seeing that isn’t something I do, a light squirt with liquid chocolate seemed the perfect outfit.