Fabrizia Spirits is hoping to use these treats for good by donating $1 for every package of cookies sold to Feeding America, which provides meals to more than 200 food banks nationwide. The donation tally can be tracked on Fabrizia’s When Life Hands You Lemons page on its website.
The baking company represents the next evolution for the Fabrizia brand, which makes canned, ready-to-drink cocktails in addition to limoncello.
“The Fabrizia Lemon Baking Company was a natural next step for us, as we have been cooking and baking with our limoncello for years and we feel we created a delicious limoncello cookie,” said Phil Mastroianni, co-owner and founder of the two businesses.
Fabrizia Spirits adapted its Salem facility to include a production kitchen, where Mastroianni and his brother, co-owner Nick Mastroianni, developed a series of baked good recipes, starting with the limoncello cookies. Mastroianni says they now plan to add whoopie pies, cakes, and biscotti just in time for the holiday season.
The brothers launched the firm in 2008. Because only lemon peels are used to make limoncello, the company was discarding more than 140,000 zested lemons annually by 2014. The brothers says they wanted to find a way to use the zested lemons and the duo turned to their sister for inspiration, as she had regularly been making a summer cocktail with their limoncello, homemade lemonade, and tequila, and thus, Fabrizia Italian Margarita was born.
In addition to Fabrizia Lemon Baking Company, limoncello and ready-to-drink cocktails, Fabrizia Spirits also makes lemon-scented hand sanitizer as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pictured above: Phil Mastroianni, Fabrizia Spirits co-owner and founder, bakes a batch of fresh Fabrizia Limoncello Cookies. (Photo by Mark Feldman)