Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. butter, softened, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • Colored sprinkles

In a food processor, pulse the flour and butter until well combined. Add the vanilla, eggs, sugar and baking powder and pulse until the dough comes together in a large ball. Remove from food processor and divide dough into 4 pieces.

On a floured surface, roll each piece into a rope about 12 inches long. Cut the ropes into small pieces. Roll each piece into a tiny ball.

Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a deep fryer or large pot. Fry the struffoli a few handfuls at a time until they puff up and are golden brown, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain.

Add honey in a large saucepan over low heat until thin. Keep warm over low heat. Add the fried balls, a few at a time, and turn them with a wooden spoon to coat on all sides. Transfer the balls to a large platter and mound them into a pyramid, shaping with wet hands. Cover with remaining honey. Add sprinkles on top and allow to cool completely, about 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

by The Savvy Kitchen