Italian Holiday Cookies

“Many of our holiday traditions centre around the foods my mother made while I was growing up. These cookies, which we called ‘Strufoli’, bring back wonderful memories.” —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York

Italian Holiday CookiesTaste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
15dozen 20minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
15dozen 20minutes
Cook Time
Portions: dozen
Portions: dozen
  1. In a bowl, combine sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and 2 cups flour; mix well. Turn onto a floured surface and knead in remaining flour (dough will be soft). With a floured knife or scissors, cut into 20 pieces. With hands, roll each piece into pencil shapes. Cut "pencils" into 1/2-in. pieces. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 350°. Fry pieces, a few at a time, for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl. Heat honey to boiling; pour over cookies and mix well. With a slotted spoon, spoon onto a serving platter and slowly mound into a tree shape if desired. Decorate with candy sprinkles. Cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 18 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fibre), 0 protein.