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pinulada (honey balls)

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Roberta Savio
Jacksonville Beach, FL

This is a great hostess gift! My mom would use festive holiday bowls and bring to people she would visit. Fun and easy to make. I remember making these when I was just a kid.

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These will be an adorable addition to your dessert tray this Christmas. The inside of the honey balls stay soft and the outside gets a bit crisp. The honey sauce is where all the flavor comes from. The colored sprinkles add crunch and make these a festive dessert. We've seen these called Struffoli too and are a great little bite to satisfy your sweet tooth. They'd make great gifts for the holiday too!

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★★★★★ 3
serves depends on size of cookie
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Deep Fry

Ingredients For pinulada (honey balls)

  • 6
  • 1 lb
    or 4 cups of flour, sifted
  • 1 md
    jar of honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp
  • holiday sprinkles
  • festive holiday bowls like the small aluminum ones
  • 1 large brown paper bag
  • oil for deep frying

How To Make pinulada (honey balls)

  • Eggs and flour mixed together.
    Mix eggs and flour together.
  • Dough rolled into a thin log.
    Piece off a medium amount and roll into about a 1/4 inch round snake.
  • Dough cut into small pieces.
    Cut into small pieces, about 1/4 inch. These will blow up when deep fried
  • Dough fried until golden brown.
    Fry until just golden, not dark.
  • Balls in a brown bag to drain.
    Use a brown paper bag for draining, just place them in and let them cool.
  • Honey and sugar melting in a saucepan.
    In a medium size pot, add honey and sugar. Make sure the sugar is completely melted.
  • Dropping the fried dough into the honey sauce.
    Add some of the balls a little at a time; don't overload the honey pot.
  • Pinulada (Honey Balls) formed into a mound on a plate.
    Scoop out with slotted spoon and place in your bowls of choice, and using wet hands mold it into a mound and sprinkle with sprinkles.