Surrender to a delightfully sweet and festive Italian indulgence with this exquisite Struffoli recipe. These golden crunchy morsels of fried dough are enveloped in a tantalizing honey glaze, decked up with colorful sprinkles, oozing warmth and cheer. Made to perfection for holidays and special occasions, these smaller-than-bite-sized delights will titillate your taste buds beyond measure and bring absolute joy to your setting. Enrapture on an exceptional culinary adventure as you conjure up this much cherished Italian dessert.




For the Dough:

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 3 large eggs

- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest

- Pinch of salt

For Frying:

- Vegetable oil, for frying


For the Honey Glaze:

- 1 cup honey

- 1/4 cup granulated sugar

- 1 tablespoon water

- 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For Decoration:

- Colorful sprinkles

- Candied fruit (optional)

How to Cook:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  • In a big ol' bowl, chuck in the flour, eggs, sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract, some zesty lemon peel, and a pinch of salt for that special somethin'. It'll be one sweet surprise. 
  • Knead the ingredients together until you have a lovely, soft, bouncy dough.
  • Wrap the dough with plastic and give it a well-deserved break - let it sit for at least half an hour. Allowing the dough to relax helps develop its flavor, making those perfect bites of bread you've been dreaming about even tastier. 


Step 2: Shape the Struffoli

  • Split the dough into bite-sized chunks - it's a piece of cake. Slice them as tiny as possible so that all your mouthwatering treats are uniform. Sure makes for easier baking, huh? Yup, nothing but smooth sailing from here on out...or at least until happy customers have gobbled up desserts 
  • Softly knead the dough into graceful ropes, about half an inch thick – like a snug hugging ribbon.
  • Snip the rope into wee chunks measuring roughly half an inch.
  • Gently cup your hands, and roll each piece between them like marble as if you're caressing baby's feet - the softness of love guiding the way. Eventually, those little pieces will be rounded into perfect balls that sprinkle the air with a gentle magic.


Step 3: Fry the Struffoli

  • Heat some vegetable oil in a deep saucepan or Dutch oven over a medium-high temperature.
  • Once the oil is sizzling hot, cautiously drop those little truffle balls into it a few at a time. Don't let them go wild; their spluttering will make a mess. Even though this cooking process seems daunting initially, rest assured that each cautious dip and swirl into the deep frying pot could yield sweet delectable results. 
  • Brown and crisp them until they reach golden perfection - you'll want to stir them occasionally to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Grab a slotted spoon or spider strainer, and scoop out those sizzling struffoli from the oil. Carefully slide them onto a plate lined with paper towels to ensure any extra oil gets soaked.


Step 4: Prepare the Honey Glaze

  • Heating a small saucepan, you sweeten the concoction with honey and sugar. A splash of water and lemon juice adds to the delightful blend - creating a symphony of delectable flavor. 
  • Carefully place the saucepan on the heat as low as it can, stirring gently until all the sugar melts away. You'll want to keep an eye on this, ensuring it's not boiling too quickly – one wrong move, and you might have caramelized dreams instead. 
  • After letting the mixture bubble away for a few minutes, it thickens and transforms into a glossy glaze - giving your dish that extra oomph of mouthwatering flavor.



 Step 5: Coat the Struffoli

  • With careful precision, slide the scrumptious fried struffoli into the glimmering honey glaze and give it a tender toss until its fragrant aroma reveals it has been thoroughly bathed. Experience that delectable sweet sensation 
  • Scoop up the delectably glazed struffoli with a slotted spoon or tongs and carefully pile them onto your platter to make a soft, rounded shape. Remember to marvel at this beautiful creation before digging in.


Step 6: Decorate and Serve

  • Oh wow, with a flourish of flair, spread the sweet sprinkles and chewy candied fruit across the top of your struffoli. Gifting an already defective dessert with even more added flavor and texture, this addition is sure to make it tasty 
  • Let your struffoli sit for a few moments, and the glaze will set - just before you throw them down as a winning dish at family dinner.
  • Be sure to serve this finger-licking good Italian dessert at room temperature for the ultimate crunchy, honey-infused experience. Trust me; you won't regret it

Allow yourself to be enticed by the delightful aromas and bright festivities of homemade Struffoli. The honey-coated desserts will quickly become one of your family's top picks, leaving all their eager mouths watering for more Spread the happiness of this beloved Italian treat with loved ones, creating moments you'll never forget. So what are you waiting for? Dig in and enjoy - Buon appetito!