Rating: 4 stars
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Great unusual fried cookies--the original name is 'Cenci alla Fiorentina.' It came from my Italian cousins. I used these for a bake sale once and ran out before I even got started!


Recipe Summary

1 hr
30 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 30 mins
4 dozen


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together. Cut in the butter until well-blended. Stir in the eggs and mix thoroughly.

  • Knead dough on a floured surface until dough is elastic. Let dough rest for 1 hour.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Divide dough into 4 parts, keeping each piece covered until ready to use. Roll each piece into a thin rectangle, about 8x10 inches. Cut dough into strips about 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Tie each strip into loose knot.

  • Fry cookies in hot oil 3 to 4 at a time, until golden brown. Transfer cookies to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain well and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and honey, if desired. Serve hot or cold. Store any uneaten cookies in an airtight container (see Editor's Note).

Editor's Notes:

Drizzle the honey on the cookies just before serving; if you're planning on storing them, omit the honey.

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 23.2g; fat 5.6g; cholesterol 19.3mg; sodium 66.4mg. Full Nutrition