Funghetti di Offida is a typical dessert native to the city of Offida, a hillside village near Ancona in the eastern Italian region of Marche.
Funghetti di Offida are made with simple ingredients specifically water, sugar, flour and anise. The name literally translates to; “mushrooms of Offida”, it was given that name because the cookies resemble tiny white mushrooms.
The legend of the cookie states that they they were first made during a siege in the fourteenth century. At the time, the women of Offida had nothing to cook for the soldiers, so they had to quickly make a recipe by mixing the only ingredients available: honey (then replaced with sugar), flour and water (the anise was added later), and thus, the Funghetti di Offida were created!