Struffoli are little balls of dough in a honey/sugar glaze, with nonpareil sprinkles. My grandma always made them for Christmas, but since she can't do it anymore, I came up with my own variation that she loves because mine are a little bit sweeter than the traditional bread-like ones. Also, they have to be formed into a tower...it's tradition.

Jess

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 tower
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Struffoli:
Glaze:

Directions

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  • Beat eggs, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; stir in baking powder. Slowly stir flour, about 1 tablespoon at a time, into egg mixture until a soft dough forms. Roll dough into small balls.

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  • Heat 2 cups vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) or until you see little waves on the bottom of the saucepan.

  • Working in small batches, fry dough balls in the hot oil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer struffoli to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.

  • Heat honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Slowly mix 1/2 cup sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, into honey until sugar is melted and glaze is smooth, about 5 minutes.

  • Transfer struffoli to a large bowl and pour glaze over the top; toss quickly to evenly coat before glaze hardens.

  • Form struffoli into a tower-shape or Christmas tree-shape on a serving plate. Sprinkle nonpareils sprinkles over the struffoli.

Cook's Note:

Canola can be substituted for the vegetable oil.

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 will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; protein 3.6g 7% DV; carbohydrates 41g 13% DV; fat 14.8g 23% DV; cholesterol 93mg 31% DV; sodium 97mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2015
Good recipe. The only thing I changed was to put the dough balls after frying right into the sauce pan of honey mixture. Also added nonpareils to honey mixture...easier than sprinkling onto the pile of struffoli later. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2015
1/4 cup flour wasn't nearly enough to make dough. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2014
Good recipe. The only thing I changed was to put the dough balls after frying right into the sauce pan of honey mixture. Also added nonpareils to honey mixture...easier than sprinkling onto the pile of struffoli later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2014
I had to add more flour than the recipe called for. About 1/2 cup total. They came out excellent. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/21/2015
1/4 cup flour wasn't nearly enough to make dough. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2016
Started making this. Read the reviews thought I'd give it a try here is what's wrong... I tried adding more flour and I've gotten to the point where I have added already 4 cups of flour and my mixture is still way too sticky to even try and make dough balls so either I don't have good ingredients or something is seriously wrong with this recipe. I gotta find a better recipe at this point. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2016
Easy to make. Very messy too! Merry Christmas! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2018
My mom fried them in Crisco. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The best Struffoli I ever had.. Definitely need 1 and a half to 2 cups of flour. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/03/2015
1/4 cup of flour wasn't enough to make a dough Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2016
You don't add hazelnuts to your struffoli? Try it sometime it adds a great crunch and it's fun trying to figure out which are the dough balls and the nut's! Also spray a glass with nonstick cooking spray and build your struffoli around the glass then pull the glass out and you have a wreath! Add your sprinkles and enjoy! I can't wait to make this.... mmm!! P. S. Also add the juice of half a lemon to the honey and sugar mixture Read More