Delicious fried cookies made with ricotta cheese. These are also known as Italian doughnuts.

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Ingredients

35
Original recipe yields 35 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla. Mix gently over low heat until combined. Batter will be sticky.

  • Drop by tablespoons into the hot oil a few at a time. Zeppole will turn over by themselves. Fry until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes. Drain in a paper sack and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.

Editor's Note

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

69.4 calories; protein 0.7g 2% DV; carbohydrates 4.7g 2% DV; fat 5.4g 8% DV; cholesterol 12.1mg 4% DV; sodium 24.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Thank you for this recipe Arvilla. My 5 kids loved it. I did increase the sugar content for the batter mixture to 1 tablespoon. Made it just that little bit sweeter. Also note that it is REALLY important to keep the frying heat low and not be tempted to rush the frying process as the outside will cook nicely but the batter will remain quite gooey on the inside. Thanks again!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/29/2005
I got to be honest me and my family just didnt like this recipe maybe i kinda expected to much. i felt so bad when my husband told me what happen your such a good baker but this is not good at all. Read More
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163 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 114
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Thank you for this recipe Arvilla. My 5 kids loved it. I did increase the sugar content for the batter mixture to 1 tablespoon. Made it just that little bit sweeter. Also note that it is REALLY important to keep the frying heat low and not be tempted to rush the frying process as the outside will cook nicely but the batter will remain quite gooey on the inside. Thanks again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2006
I've never made my own zeppole - but have eaten enough to know which type I like! This recipe hit the nail on the head. Tasted delicious, just like my aunt's!! To spice em up a little bit - we add some pine nuts (pinnoli) and raisins. The raisins really add a touch of sweetness. Also great when you dip them in a cinnamon & sugar mixture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
yummy..didnt have ricotti but wanted something fried and bad for you..so used cream cheese instead..still tasted wonderful..definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2003
This recipe is truly a winner. It has pleased and impressed the pickiest eaters. The ingredients are all staples in the fridge and it takes very little time to make. 5 stars for this one! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2007
I have never eaten Zeppole before but I thought these were good and pretty easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly but next time I'll increase the sugar to 1 tbsp. as others have suggested. I think I might also try a sugar/cinnamon coating rather than just confectioners sugar. One addition note I dropped the dough into the oil using a measuring tablespoon and it only made about 25 cookies rather than 35. They about double in size as they fry. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/29/2005
I got to be honest me and my family just didnt like this recipe maybe i kinda expected to much. i felt so bad when my husband told me what happen your such a good baker but this is not good at all. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/22/2012
These are not authentic zeppole...these are "fritters". The real zeppole uses yeast, flour, water and bit of sugar, that's all. You fry in oil and the result is a light, spongey texture. You can find the real deal zeppole sold at fairs and in pizza places. There is no comparison. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2007
This recipe is great..These doughnuts are fabulous...I made about 8-10 batches in one weekend! My husband took some to work and they offered to pay me to make them!! My kids all loved them as well and my husband like them plainrather than sugar coated..I did both a powdered sugar coating on some and a cinnamon sugar one some others...they both are super..next i would like to try a glaze of some sort..the only thing I changed from the original recipe is the ricotta..I use cottage cheese instead and do not cook the mixture before frying.oh yeah also about a tablespoon more sugar to the mix too. I am suprized they do not have more Zeppole recipes on this site.Thanks for opening myeyes to a wonderful treat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
Delicious! I added the extra sugar as other reviewers have suggested. Read More
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