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This delicious Italian dessert is a must-have dish for Italian family gatherings. We would always make it for Christmas. This recipe can be divided or doubled. Divided is usually plenty.


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2 hrs
1 min
2 hrs 1 min
96 crostoli


Original recipe yields 96 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Beat eggs, water, and almond flavoring together in a large bowl. Add salt; gradually stir in flour to make a stiff dough.

  • Knead the dough until it can be rolled out very thinly. Split dough into fist-sized balls; roll out into thin strips using a pasta machine. Cut dough strips into triangles.

  • Divide sugar among 3 bowls. Add cinnamon to one bowl, green food coloring to the next, and red food coloring to the last. Stir to evenly distribute the additions.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Place the dough triangles into the hot oil. Fry, turning until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle both sides with one of the sugar toppings.

Cook's Notes:

If you do not have a manual pasta maker that can roll the dough out into long, thin strips, then try your best with a rolling pin.

If you have one, you can use a deep fryer instead of a skillet.

Confectioners' sugar can be used as a topping as well.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

74 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 14.3g; fat 1g; cholesterol 23.3mg; sodium 10.6mg. Full Nutrition