Roskette is pronounced ros-ke-tee. This is a very popular Guam cookie made with cornstarch and heavy cream. It is traditionally shaped into a coil or overlapped oval.
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Ties to the world:
Similarities – name, cornstarch, coil or ring-shaped cookies
Brazilian – biscoitos de maizena (cornstarch biscuits)
Guamanian - roskette, rosketti
Nicaraguan – rosquete, rosquilla
Spanish – rosquete, roskitas
I took a cooking class by Sandra Gutierrez at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC. The cookies below are called alfajores, using the recipe in her book, "Latin American Street Food." According to the author, these are Argentinian cookies that have become quite popular in many South American cities. The cookie discs themselves are made of equal parts cornstarch and flour. They taste like the Chamorro's roskette except the alfajores are soft instead of crumbly. Imagine the sides of the cookie coated with freshly grated coconut. The combination of roskette-like cookies and coconut is heavenly -- what more could a Chamorro girl ask for? Not to gain weight gobbling these up!