Baked Honey Balls (Italian Struffoli)


3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Blend the two mixtures together just until a dough is formed. Allow dough to ‘rest’ for 10 minutes. Roll handfuls of dough on a lightly floured surface into ropes, each about ½-inch thick. Cut into ½ inch pieces. Place the pieces of dough on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool on parchment paper on a wire rack.

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Delicious 5 Star Recipe

Wonderful not to have to use and dirty my food processor making sticky dough and then deep frying. This recipe is made in one bowl. There is no need to roll the dough. Just pinch off a piece from the bowl and roll into a ball. EASY! To the mix, I add 1 Tbl. of whiskey, rum, grand manier....whatever I have on hand. I let the struffola dry in a paper bag for a couple of days. Heat 1/2 cup of honey, orange zest and 1 tsp rum; add struffola and stir to coat. Pour onto tray and sprinkle with colored nonpareils. Perfecto! I will never fry struffola again.


Hi !!! I’m so excited to make this - always wanted to but don’t because of frying... am I understanding after you roll into balls you put the dough balls in a paper bag for a few days? How does the dough balls not stick together? Do u coat them w flour or something ? Tk u so much !!

Roll, then bake, then bag.

I bake the balls for 30 min. After they cool, I put them in a paper bag to dry and get crunchy for 3 days.

Why are these called "Honey

Why are these called "Honey Balls" if there is no honey?

They left out the honey in this recipe!

In large pot, heat 1/2 cup of honey, orange zest, and (optional) 1 tsp rum, whiskey, B&B... Then add struffola and stir to coat. Pour onto tray and sprinkle with colored nonpareils.