Taralles Cookies


Italian cookies eaten at Easter, Christmas, and special occasions. Delicious also without the icing.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
24 cookies



  • 6 eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 4 tablespoons baking powder

  • 1 envelope vanilla powder


  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add oil, orange zest, and juice; mix well. Beat in sugar slowly.

  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and vanilla powder in a separate bowl. Slowly add to the egg mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat until almost blended; mix the rest by hand.

  4. Roll dough into 2 ropes; cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces. Twist 2 pieces together or roll individual ropes into circles to make round cookies.

  5. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden but cookies are not yet brown, about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, slowly mix lemon juice into a bowl of confectioners' sugar to make a runny icing. Line a few trays with waxed paper. Dip cooled cookies into the icing and transfer them onto the trays to harden.

Cook's Note:

The number of cookies depends on the size they are rolled into.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
11g Fat
40g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 147mg 11%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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