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Cookies - Struffoli - Italian Honey Cookies

Updated on December 11, 2017
Struffoli - Italian Honey Cookies made special for Christmas with candied fruit.
Struffoli - Italian Honey Cookies made special for Christmas with candied fruit.
Mix magarine, sugar and egg.
Mix magarine, sugar and egg.
Alternately add beer and flour.
Alternately add beer and flour.
Form Balls
Form Balls
Deep fry until browned.
Deep fry until browned.
Italian honey cookies drizzled with honey and sprinkles
Italian honey cookies drizzled with honey and sprinkles

Italian Honey Cookies

This cookie is more of a doughnut because it has the consistency of a doughnut hole. It is also deep fried like a doughnut. Bear and I made these mostly for the holidays when we made a lot of different types of cookies to be shared with visitors on Christmas Eve. With seven children in the house, there were always some of their friends stopping over just because all of our children were outgoing.

Nunny would make these cake cookies and put them up in her large Tupperware® container before she drizzled with the Honey. She always stored these cookies in a cool place. Every once in a while Nunny would dropped the fried balls into a bundt cake pan before she drizzled with the honey. Once the cookies set up the pan was turned out onto a platter. Nunny did this but I never quite got the hang of doing this method so I just stuck with the plastic container method. Either way they are super tasting.


3 cups flour

2 sticks margarine, soften to room temp.

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar

1 small (6 oz) bottle beer (room temp.)

Mixing, Frying and Storage

Mix margarine, sugar and egg. Add flour alternately with beer until dough forms.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Form into small balls

Fry in hot deep fat at 350┬░ for 2 minutes or until light brown.

Drain on heavy paper.

When cold put in a large bowl and drizzle with honey.

Store in an air-tight container in a cool place.


I have found that brown paper is best for draining and can be purchased at most supermarkets, Walmart and Target stores. If you get a deal on paper towels they work just as well.

It is so inexpensive to buy deep fryers in today's market. I have one on my counter top at all times because we deep fry all kinds of appetizers and potatoes to go with our dimmers.


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