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(Italian Delight)

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Little balls of dough in a honey/sugar glaze, with nonpareil sprinkles. Traditionally, Italian Christmas treats.
Difficulty: Easy
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cookies
Method Stove Top


  • Large Saucepan (for frying)
  • Small Saucepan (for Glaze)


Dough Balls

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup White Sugar
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Baking POWDER
  • ¼ cup AP Flour
  • 2 cups Vegetable Oil - for frying


  • ½ cup Honey - or more to taste
  • ½ cup White Sugar - or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles


Dough Balls

  • Beat eggs, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; stir in baking powder.
  • Slowly stir flour, about 1 tablespoon at a time, into egg mixture until a soft dough forms. Roll dough into small balls.
  • Heat 2 cups vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 350°F or until you see little waves on the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Working in small batches, fry dough balls in the hot oil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer struffoli to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.


  • Heat honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly mix 1/2 cup sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, into honey until sugar is melted and glaze is smooth about 5 minutes.


  • Transfer struffoli to a large bowl and pour glaze over the top; toss quickly to evenly coat before the glaze hardens.
  • Form struffoli into a tower-shape or Christmas tree-shape on a serving plate. Sprinkle nonpareils sprinkles over the struffoli.


Shared by Pat Tucci – November 26. 2019 

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