Photo: Oxmoor House
Hands-on Time
39 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 39 Mins
Serves 20 (serving size: 3 stuffoli)

Ah, struffoli! These little Neopolitan dough balls are fried quickly to give them a light, delicious cake inside and crunchy outside layer, and then covered in honey and powdered sugar. Serve with coffee and savor each little indulgent bite.

How to Make It

Step 1

Weigh or lightly spoon flours and cornstarch into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flours, cornstarch, sugar, and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a food processor; process 2 times or until blended. Add butter; process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and eggs; process until dough forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Roll each half of dough into 30 (1-inch) balls.

Step 3

Add oil to a Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium-high heat until a thermometer registers 360°. Add half of dough balls to pan; cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon; cool on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining dough balls.

Step 4

Add honey to a large saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Add fried dough balls to honey mixture, tossing to coat. Cool 2 minutes.

Step 5

Place on a serving platter. Drizzle with any remaining honey, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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