Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  190
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  38 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  12 mg
  • Potassium  87 mg
  • Phosphorus  45 mg
  • Calcium  24 mg
  • Fiber  1.1 g

Bone Cookies

This recipe for bone cookies are from an old Italian recipe called Ossa de Morti or Bones of the Dead Cookies. They are served on November 1st on Day of the Dead, a celebration for those who have passed from this world. Bone cookies are kidney friendly with only 22 mg phosphorus per cookie even with the ground almonds included.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by the DaVita dietitian team, from an Italian recipe for Ossa de Morti Cookies, aka Bones of the Dead, served on November 1st to celebrate Day of the Dead.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 2 cookies


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds, ground
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Beat egg whites to a stiff peak.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, white and brown sugar, almonds, lemon juice lemon zest and cinnamon; fold in the egg whites and mix until crumbly. Add water and mix.
  3. Form dough into a ball, cover, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a baking sheet.
  5. Divide chilled dough into 4 pieces. Dust hands with flour and roll out each piece into a 1″ thick rope (about 12″ long). Cut each rope into 2″ sections and roll until 1/2″ thick and about the size of a finger.
  6. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
  7. Let cool then roll in powdered sugar to coat.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Cookies will be hard and crunchy when cooled
  • Recommended portion for a diabetes diet is one cookie (16 g carbohydrate).

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