Crocetta of Caltanissetta

The Crocetta di Caltanissetta (translated as the Cross of Caltanissetta) is an old sweet produced in Caltanissetta until the end of 1908,[1] then forgotten and recently rediscovered. The Crocetta di Caltanissetta and the "Spina Sacra" (translated as the Holy Thorn) are two sweets known as the Sweets of the monastery. They used to be prepared for the Holy Crucifix festivity by the Sisters of the Benedectine Monastery. This was situated next to the Church of the Holy Cross, from which the sweets take the name.[1]

Crocetta di Caltanissetta
Crocette di Caltanissetta, of lemon and orange, left to right
Crocette di Caltanissetta, of lemon and orange, left to right
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Benedictine Sisters of Caltanissetta producing the crocette

The pastry chef who rediscovered them (plus four women of the neighbourhood of the Holy Cross) are the only people who know the recipe of these sweets.[citation needed] The rediscovery was possible after 20 years of research that began with a person living in the neighbourhood who remembered how the traditional recipe was passed from mother to daughter over time.[citation needed]


The ingredients of the Cross of Caltanissetta are typical of the area of Caltanissetta at the beginning of the last century. They are: almonds, sugar, sweet lemon puree, oranges or other fruit typical of the area, pistachio and powdered sugar.

The Crocetta is produced in two variants. One is lemon flavoured and covered in powdered sugar. The other one is orange flavoured and it has pistachio grind on top.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b "Caltanissetta riscopre le "Crocette" ereditate dalle suore benedettine - YouTube" (in Italian). YouTube.

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