Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls)

Struffoli (italian Honey Balls) Recipe

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Annamaria Settanni McDonald


This is a old traditional recipe that goes way back and is sometimes made bigger and served at Italian weddings for guests to enjoy.

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1 Hr
30 Min


1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 pt
1/2 c
1/2 c
zest of half orange
colored sprinkles

How to Make Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls)


  • 1Beat eggs with vanilla and salt.
    Stir in enough flour to make a soft managable dough. Mix well.
  • 2Toss onto floured board or countertop and knead 5 minutes til smooth.
    Cut in half and wrap in parchment paper ( flour the balls so you can get them off the paper!).
  • 3Set aside and place in a cool place for 30 minutes to rest.
  • 4Take pieces of dough and on floured countertop, roll into rope like shapes.
    Cut each into very tiny pieces.( 1/4" pieces). Spread on lightly floured surface and let them rest again for another 30 minutes.
  • 5Heat oil in heavy medium size saucepan and place balls into pan in batches, keeping an eye on them as they brown very quickly. Drain each batch on paper towels.
  • 6Pour sugar, honey and zest into medium pan and heat to dissolve sugar. Place all the balls into the pan and stir to coat all.
  • 7Pile them onto a pretty plate into a cone shape. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

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About Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls)

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts