Italian Holiday Cookies

“Many of our holiday traditions centre around the foods my mother made while I was growing up. These cookies, which we called ‘Strufoli’, bring back wonderful memories.” —Sue Seymour, Valatie, New York

Italian Holiday CookiesPhoto: Taste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
15dozen 20minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
15dozen 20minutes
Cook Time
Portions: dozen
Portions: dozen
  1. In a bowl, combine sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and 2 cups flour; mix well. Turn onto a floured surface and knead in remaining flour (dough will be soft). With a floured knife or scissors, cut into 20 pieces. With hands, roll each piece into pencil shapes. Cut "pencils" into 1/2-in. pieces. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 350°. Fry pieces, a few at a time, for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place in a large bowl. Heat honey to boiling; pour over cookies and mix well. With a slotted spoon, spoon onto a serving platter and slowly mound into a tree shape if desired. Decorate with candy sprinkles. Cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 18 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fibre), 0 protein.