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Panellets (Catalan for little breads) are small cakes or cookies in different shapes, mostly round, made mainly of marzipan (a paste made of almonds and sugar). They are often accompanied by a sweet wine, usually moscatell, mistela, vi de missa or vi ranci. Panellets are the traditional dessert of the All Saints holiday, the Castanyada, in Catalonia together with chestnuts and sweet potatoes.

These delicious cookies represent balls of almonds and sugar rolled in cocoa powder or coconut flakes. They may be also flavored with coffee or cinnamon. The most popular are the panellets covered with pine nuts, consisting of the panellet basis (i.e. marzipan) rolled in pine nuts and varnished with egg white.

Panellets date back at least to the 18th century, when they were used as blessed food to share after some holy celebrations (Panellets de Sant Marc and Panellets de la Santa Creu). Within Europe, Panellets have TSG status.

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References

Panellets, en.wikipedia.org

Panellets - Catalan Almond Sweets, spanishfood.about.com

PANELLETS: The Catalan traditional treat, recipespicbypic.blogspot.com