Pastry swirls ‘coccole’

Today I need a cuddle, the sky is grey and I don’t feel so good .... What better to cheer me up than to make and enjoy these fabulous ‘coccole’ pastries. ‘Coccole’ are pastry swirls made with a fluffy dough containing ricotta cheese. The original recipe comes from Anna Moroni, but we have reinterpreted it by adjusting the filling. Easy to make, and a delight to eat with their fabulous combination of dark chocolate and dates which will amaze your taste buds! You can prepare these pastry swirls for breakfast or as a snack and also fill them with hazelnut cream or jam, and even your kids will love them! Following the recipe is easy, check the photo gallery which our talented chef prepared for us and proceed step-by-step, the result will be 10/10 and lots of praise! Let's get to work and get ready for some cuddling!


  • plain flour 300 grams
  • ricotta cheese 150 grams
  • milk 7 tablespoons of milk
  • corn oil 7 tablespoons of corn oil
  • sugar 80 grams
  • baking powder 15g of baking powder
  • vanillin 1 sachet
  • egg white 1 egg white
  • dates 90 grams
  • dark chocolate 90 grams
  • icing sugar
20 minutes Total time
20 minutes Active time
Serves 8 persons
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Place the ricotta and sugar in a bowl, and mash together with a fork. Add the milk, mix, then add the oil and mix again. Sift in the flour with the baking powder and the vanilla extract, and combine it a little at a time to the mixture. Transfer everything to the work surface, knead the dough until you get a nice dough but where the surface is not smooth. Roll it out until you get a rectangular sheet of about 1/2cm. Sprinkle the surface with chocolate and chopped dates, then sprinkle over with icing sugar and roll it up starting from the long side to form a cylinder. Cut 1cm swirls from the roll to a thickness of 1 cm and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cook the pastries in the oven at 180°C degrees for about 20 minutes.

Dates are very rich in fibre, are laxatives and protect the mucous membrane of the colon. They are rich in vitamin A, iron and potassium, but also contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and copper.
‘Coccole’ are very good soaked in milk for an even more flavourful breakfast. Also they keep well, for a few days, inside a sealed plastic or glass container. If you don’t like dates or simply prefer nuts, walnuts and almonds work well, as does chestnut flour, or anything you like really!

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