Struffoli, Italian Christmas Classic

Struffoli, Italian Christmas Classic

  • Author: Nicoletta
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian


Based on a traditional Neapolitan recipe found on: TavolArteGusto


  • 400 g flour type 00
  • 3 eggs, organic, free run
  • 80 g butter, melted and cooled
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp limoncello (or anice liquor, or orange liquor)
  • 1 orange, the zest
  • 1 lemon, the zest
  • 1 levelled tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • about 600700 ml peanut oil (or any other vegetable oil) for frying


  • 250300 g acacia honey
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 Tbsp sprinkles
  • some candied fruits
  • some sugar pearls


  1. Melt the butter and let it cool.In a small bowl add the sugar and limoncello.
  2. In a big bowl mix flour, baking powder, pinch of salt and the orange and lemon zests.
  3. Add the melted butter, and the sugar/limoncello mixture.
  4. With the help of a wooden spoon mix everything until you get a pebbly consistency.
  5. Make a whole in the middle and add the eggs, then blend it with the wooden spoon, until smooth.
  6. Shape into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and let it rest, at room temperature, for at least 30 minutes.
  7. After the resting time, cut a slice of dough about 1.5 cm thick and roll out into a long piece of rope, about 1 cm diameter.
  8. With a sharp knife cut the rope into pieces about 1 cm big, then roll each piece in the palm of your hands shaping it into little balls.
  9. Heat up the peanut (vegetable) oil in a small tall pan about 18 cm diameter on medium heat.
  10. Using a wire mesh colander ladle spoon, cook few of the dough balls at a time, for about 30-40 seconds. Don’t let them brown too much.
  11. Once cooked, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When all drained, place them in a big bowl.
  12. In another small pan over low heat melt the acacia honey and icing sugar, stirring constantly.
  13. Take off heat and add to the struffoli in the bowl. Add half of the sprinkles and stir, making sure to coat all the struffoli. Add some of the candied fruit and stir.
  14. Before the honey hardens, place them in a serving dish or bowl and start shaping them as you most like, a pyramid, a wreath, a Christmas tree.
  15. Add more sprinkles, candied fruits and sugar pearls.


They last 1 week at room temperature


  • Serving Size: 8-10 servings
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