Italian Honey Balls. These are the authentic ones made by my 82 year old sister from our mother's recipe. If pine nuts aren't available, use slivered almonds instead.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Mix together in a large bowl 2-1/2 cups of the flour. Add sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt. Make a depression in the middle. Drop into it the eggs and the melted butter or margarine. Mix with a wooden spoon and then with the hands until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour as needed. Knead dough on floured surface until it isn't sticky anymore.

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  • Break off pieces of dough and roll into ropes about the size of a pencil. Cut into pieces 1/4 inch long. Roll these pieces into little balls and set aside.

  • In deep frying pan, heat oil about 2 inches deep. Fry balls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring 1-1/2 cups of pure honey to a boil. Let honey boil gently for about 3 minutes before adding little dough balls, stirring gently with wooden spoon until they are well-coated.

  • Remove balls from honey with a slotted spoon and place in a deep dish or mound them on a platter. Sprinkle surface evenly with nuts and multicolored sprinkles. Cool.

Nutrition Facts

609.6 calories; 11.4 g protein; 108.8 g carbohydrates; 108.3 mg cholesterol; 348.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2005
Excellent recipe. Just like my Grandma made. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey and toasted the pignoli (pine nuts) before sprinkling on top. I've also made them in individual servings mounding a heaping spoonful into foiled muffin cups. Makes about 32 smaller servings. Great for giving a few small portions to the lovely elderly Italian couple next door! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/03/2009
I tried to copy my Grandmother's recipe. This was close but not quite right. I was told that I should have cooked the honey longer to give it a darker color. It was not sticky enough so the presentation was a flop.... literally. Very messy too much work not worth it. For those who attempt this here's the best tip: When you roll the dough into "ropes" simply cut the ropes into the sizes you want them to be. Once you fry them they will plump up into ball shapes. I wasted so much time shaping the dough into balls before frying them... a step that was completely unnecessary unless you have so much time on your hands that you don't know what else to do with your day. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2005
Excellent recipe. Just like my Grandma made. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey and toasted the pignoli (pine nuts) before sprinkling on top. I've also made them in individual servings mounding a heaping spoonful into foiled muffin cups. Makes about 32 smaller servings. Great for giving a few small portions to the lovely elderly Italian couple next door! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2005
Excellent recipe. Just like my Grandma made. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey and toasted the pignoli (pine nuts) before sprinkling on top. I've also made them in individual servings mounding a heaping spoonful into foiled muffin cups. Makes about 32 smaller servings. Great for giving a few small portions to the lovely elderly Italian couple next door! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/03/2009
I tried to copy my Grandmother's recipe. This was close but not quite right. I was told that I should have cooked the honey longer to give it a darker color. It was not sticky enough so the presentation was a flop.... literally. Very messy too much work not worth it. For those who attempt this here's the best tip: When you roll the dough into "ropes" simply cut the ropes into the sizes you want them to be. Once you fry them they will plump up into ball shapes. I wasted so much time shaping the dough into balls before frying them... a step that was completely unnecessary unless you have so much time on your hands that you don't know what else to do with your day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
This recipe is almost identical to my grandmother's recipe brought with her from Naples Italy. The only difference is that she added an extra egg and 2 extra tsp. of baking powder. They come out lighter and less dense. You do not have to roll them into balls. Just roll into a rope cut into pieces and fry in hot oil. To solve the problem with the honey being too thin to hold everything together my grandmother always heated the honey with sugar. If using a large bottle of honey use 1 cup of sugar and heat on the stove till bubbly. Then toss the strufoli into the hot honey remove with slotted buttered spoon and begin mounding onto a platter with the buttered spoon or if you hands can take the heat buttered hands. They will hold together nicely into a nice mound. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2006
Excellent served these after a huge meal (the feast of the 7 fish Christmas Eve) and the table had tons of cookies and cakes panettone and these were gone everyone loved them they really are delicious thank you so much I have replace my grandma's recipe with this one. One thing I made them a little larger only to save a little time but turns out that everyone liked them that way so I m just going to keep them a little larger to save the chef some time plus they were tender in texture and I really liked that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2006
Great recipe. Exactly like my grandma used to make. Next time I would make the dough balls smaller (about the size of a pistachio) because they swelled so much in the oil. I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2003
Thank You it is a great recipe it had its own flavor and they are not to soft. They came out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
This recipe came out wonderfully and tasted exactly like my mother used to make them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
THANK YOU Rosina! It's so nice to have an authentic DELICIOUS recipe for these after the stale-tasting ones I bought from our local Italian bakery! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2004
Thank You Rosina! I have made this two Christmases in a row. My Italian Family loves it! My Mom who is from Naples said it it just like my Grandmother use to make. Sometimes I add just a bit of extra lemon zest. Happy Holidays! Read More
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