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Mother's Day Special

Beats & Eats Celebrity Chef Cookbook Entry 3

Paulette Sabella-Delevan, Nick Gelso's Mom

Since leaving the restaurant business, my two most frequently asked questions are, 1) When are you opening another restaurant? The answer is probably never. 2) Can I have your mom's cookie recipes from Gelpiaz? The answer was always NO. Today, for Mother's Day, we are making an exception, and adding these THREE coveted recipes to the Beats & Eats Cookbook Series...

So, on this Mother's Day, Ty, Nick and Nick's Mom, sat down in the Virtual Lounge and took some bakery lessons. Over the years, my mom has become "protector of the family cookie legacy." Passed down for decades (The original recipes were created somewhere around the late 1800's, in Sicily), these recipes were...READ FULL BLOG POST


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Mom's Pepper Cookies
Mom's Pepper Cookies
Ricotta Cookie
Mom's Ricotta Cookie w/ White Icing

Gelso | Sabella Family Cookie Recipes: Ricotta Cookie & Pepper Cookie.


Pepper Cookies

  • 9 cups flour1 cup cocoa
  • 4 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3-4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups oil
  • 2 ½ lukewarm water
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


Sift dry ingredients in very large bowl.
Add oil and water, hand mix with dry ingredients.
Roll into small balls.
Bake in ungreased cookie sheet.
10-12 minutes/375 degrees

  1. Sift confectioners sugar, add warm water slowly until loose
  2. consistency, add anise oil, drizzle over cookies.


Ricotta Cookies

  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb. ricotta
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • Cream margarine and sugar, add vanilla, add eggs, add
  • ricotta.


Sift salt baking soda and flour
Add dry ingredients to wet slowly
Bake 350 degrees / 13-15 minutes.


  • Sift confectioners sugar, add warm water slowly until loose
  • consistency, add anise oil, drizzle over cookies.


Direct download: BE_Cookbook_3_-_Mom_-_ricotta_cook.mp3
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