Recipe swap: Gocciole

Gocciole, literally droplets, are the ultimate Italian chocolate chip cookies. They are considered breakfast cookies and are produced by Pavesi, a producer of baked goods owned by Barilla. Here gocciole are not available, but when Christianna proposed Chocolate Chip Cookies for this month I started looking for a homemade recipe for gocciole.

Luckily nowadays you can find anything on the Internet and I found several website reporting a simple recipe for these cookies. It appears to be a standard recipe that circulates between Italian bloggers. I followed it to the T and got some pretty great cookies! Not too sweet and best enjoyed cold.

Don’t forget to check out what the other swappers did! There are always some very interesting ideas out there!


Recipe swap: Gocciole

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe swap: Gocciole


  • 1 and 3/4 sticks butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 oz brown sugar
  • 1 lb. flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 packet vanilla powder (about 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 7 oz. chocolate chips


  1. Beat the sugar with the butter until creamed. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well incorporated with the butter. Add the dry ingredients a bit at a time and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and finish kneading as soon as the chips are well incorporated.
  2. Form the cookies by making little balls the size of a walnut and then flattening them between your hands. If you want you can shape the cookie as a droplet as I tried to do with mines.
  3. Arrange the cookies on two baking sheets and bake at 375F for about 12 minutes. They will still be a little soft when you get them out of the oven, but they will firm up as they cool down.
  4. This cookies do not rise or change shape much during cooking, so you can arrange them relatively close on the sheet.


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30 Responses to Recipe swap: Gocciole

  1. Mark says:

    Pavesi cookies are not available anywhere in the US are they?

  2. Jamie says:

    These looks like delicious little cookies! Being from an Italian family myself, I always appreciate your Italian spin on recipes!

  3. Manu says:

    Wowowowowow! Paola, congrats on getting your domain and on restyling the blog. It looks GREAT! BTW, I have a few awards waiting for you here !

  4. Shaheen says:

    Recipes on tea towels – so traditional.

  5. The Cozy Herbivore says:

    Breakfast plus cookie equals the perfect meal! These look too adorable!

  6. Jesse says:

    My tuscan flatemate here in Italy used to eat them for breakfast. I didn't get it at first, but really, who doesn't want cookies for breakfast.. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Shumaila says:

    I love this swap group because its so diverse and I get to learn so much from everyone! Have never heard or eaten a gocciole, but thanks for introducing it to me! I'll try giving it a shot one of these days!

  8. Gio says:

    ma qui si cucina alla grande! 😛
    altro che il famoso M.B. 😀

  9. Ruth says:

    Those cookies look amazing! Say chocolate chips and I'm there! Yum!

  10. Dewi says:

    They all look fantastic and delicious!

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Italians eats cookies for breakfast? How nice… I want to be an Italian! These look delicious and I love the name Gucciole. Sounds cute and delicious. 🙂

  12. Lana says:

    A breakfast cookie! My husband would love that:) How come no one fed me these when I was in Italy? I love their shape and smoothness and I bet you get more than 11 cookies I usually get when making chocolate chip cookies (my kids eat half of the dough:)

  13. Sabrina Modelle says:

    Mmm I have not heard of these lovely little drop cookies, but they sound delicious. I'll have to try them out. Love your recipes Pola. Just love them.

  14. rosemarried says:

    I always learn something new from you! I love these little droplet cookies. Great contribution to the swap (as always!).

  15. Biren @ Roti n Rice says:

    Those cookies look great! I sure don't mind having a few for breakfast or any time 🙂

  16. claire says:

    Yum Pola, these look great. Definately one I'll make with my girls – they are always happy to try making (and eating) new cookies!

  17. Chef Dennis says:

    I've had those and I think they were from Barilla! what a perfect little cookie, and I'm sure yours is so much better than the store bought variety!

  18. Rachel says:

    Um, a breakfast cookie, okay! I may or may not have had a cookie as my mid-morning snack today : )
    As always, different cultures' spins on the "American" recipes in the swap are such a pleasure to see!

  19. Boulder Locavore says:

    Pola, anything termed a 'breakfast cookie' must be great, yes?! Such a civilized idea. I so love that you incorporte your own cultural background into your swapping. It brings so much to the experience and I love learning about you and your food!

  20. Nuts about food says:

    Those really look like Gocciole…and although I am one of the few people commenting who can probably go right out and buy them, I would prefer yours any day. They look delicious.

  21. Manu says:

    OOOHHHHHHHH le goccioleeeeee!!! DEVO provare questa ricette! Sembrano ottime! Sono croccanti vero?? Mamma che vogliaaaa, e qui e' ora di cena……. 😉 Great job!

  22. Kim Bee says:

    These look really good. I love the shape of them as well. I think my hubs would love these for eating and dunking in coffee.

  23. Mary says:

    These look great. I'm all in favor of eating them for breakfast too!

  24. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    Well, I must try these; I mean they're supposed to be eaten for breakfast, how perfect is that?

  25. Camilla ~ Caffay Way says:

    How cute! And the list of ingredients is fairly short, something I love. I loved the background story of your Gocciole as well.

  26. Alli says:

    What a great recipe! So simple and they look like a perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee!

  27. Burwell General Store says:

    I love your spin on this! Thanks, as always, for participating in the swap, and I always look forward to your Italian spin on foods you find in daily life here in the states!!

  28. Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker says:

    Totally going to make these at some point, and love that we both went with the Italian dipping cookie for this swap! I had to bring mine to another swap as I found myself drinking extra coffee so I had an excuse to eat another biscotti 🙂 Happy Holidays and happy swapping!

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