Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is an Italian Christmas Tradition. This is my moms family recipe and is tried and true. It is quite festive and makes a nice holiday gift too.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups flour
  • 12 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 fluid ounce whiskey (rye, bourbon, or Canadian is fine but not Scotch)
  • 3 cups honey (Traditionaly we have always used Golden Blossom brand if not available use pure clover honey)
  • oil (for deep frying) or shortening (for deep frying)
  • multi colored sprinkles (These are the little round hard sprinkles rather than the soft elongated ones used on ice cream cone)


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add all liquid ingredients (Except honey) to dry to form a dough.
  3. Knead dough well to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. For balls roll dough out in 1/4 inch round strips like pencils.
  5. Cut the pieces at small intervals with an angle cut.
  6. How far apart you make the cut is your judgment call, as the smaller the spacing the smaller the balls and vice versa.
  7. Mom likes the look leaving them as is with the angle cut giving a unique shape to the balls as they fry.
  8. If you prefer perfectly rounded balls, you can roll the pieces in the palms of your hands like miniature meatballs before frying.
  9. For ribbons cut some of the dough in flat strips about 1/2 inch wide preferably using a crimped edge cutting wheel as it gives a fancy serrated edge to them.
  10. Form loops or bow shapes with the ribbons and deep fry balls and ribbons separately until golden brown (ribbons as they are flat will cook quicker than the balls).
  11. Drain on absorbent paper.
  12. Heat honey in a deep pot until it starts to thin out and become pourable.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. Dip bows and ribbons in warm honey and set aside.
  15. Add balls to the honey and toss to coat.
  16. Transfer balls to holiday platter and top with the ribbons and bows.
  17. Or you can mound the balls to look like a Christmas tree and decorate with bows on the sides.
  18. Sprinkle with multi colored sprinkles.
Most Helpful

5 5

I made your grandmother's struffoli recipe today, and I was impressed. This recipe is the closest to my grandmother's recipe yet! The only difference is that nana's dough wasn't quite as sweet. I think I will experiment with cutting back on the sugar in the next batch. Thanks sooo much for posting it! :)

4 5

This is pretty good, but I recommend using fresh squeezed lemon juice instead of the vinegar. Some recipes call for limoncello, but using a lemon juice/whiskey combo works well. I also add the zest of 1 lemon to the dough to give it a really good flavor. Other notes about this recipe: I had to add quite a bit of extra flour to the dough to make it not so sticky, and I only needed about half of the honey called for to coat my struffoli.