Struffoli – Italian Honey Balls

Struffoli - Italian Honey Balls


How to Prepare

   Baking powder (2 tsp.)

   Flour (4 cups)

   Unsalted butter (½ cup – melted)

   Lemon (½ – juiced)

   Honey (1 – 1 ½ cups – warmed)

   Eggs (6)

   Ground almonds and walnuts (½ cup)

   Sugar (1 cup)

   Golden olive oil (for frying)

   Lemon (½ – zested)

   Salt (just a pinch)



  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt together.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. 
  3. Add the eggs to the flour mixture. Stir. 
  4. Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and butter.
  5. Mix all of the ingredients together until a dough has formed and all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Roll into a roll (snake-form) and cut into small pieces. 
  7. Roll the small pieces into balls.
  8. In a deep pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  9. Fry the dough balls until all of the sides are lightly browned.
  10. Once the dough is lightly browned, remove it from the oil and set on a wire rack. 
  11. Place the fried dough in a large bowl.
  12. Drizzle warm honey and the grounds nuts over the dough balls.
    1. Gently stir to coat all sides with honey.
  13. Once all the balls are covered with honey and nuts, place on a large platter and form into a wreath shape.
  14. Coat with sprinkle if desired. Enjoy!