Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac

Here is the authentic Struffoli Recipe, an Italian dessert mostly known as a Christmas tradition from Naples, but in many other Italian regions are traditional during Carnival and called Pignolata.

Struffoli PignolataWhatever the tradition, I am happy to eat them anytime: fried dough coated with caramelized honey.

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This Struffoli recipe is from my Aunt Ada, she made them with cognac.

To have a good supply during the festive seasons I make a large quantity and freeze them before coating them with honey.

If you have unexpected guests or you run out of dessert, they will be done in minutes.

I fry a large batch of Struffoli and freeze them in a plastic bag.

When  I need them, I take out the necessary amount and put them straight into the pan with the honey.

They are done in a flash.

As a reserve for desserts, I also freeze butter biscuit dough and you can find my other tips for surviving Christmas in this articles:

10 Tips for Surviving Christmas Cooking

If you don't have a deep fryer, I would suggest  Magimix Pro 350 °F - Fryer (3 L, 1.1 kg, 3 L, Single, Stainless Steel, stand-alone). It was recommended on a cooking course at Rick Stein’s in Padstow, and it is on my wish list. (affiliate link)

You can find out more about it and more fried recipe here: Deep Fryer

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Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs
In keeping with the Italian tradition, Struffoli shaped like Gnocchi, flavoured with Cognac and fried.
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 666 kcal
Struffoli (Pignolata)
  • 450 gr flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 1 cup honey
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  1. Mix all the ingredients together for the Struffoli and let the dough rest for 1.5 hrs.
    Chiacchiere Strufoli mix the ingredients
  2. Place the Struffoli dough over a floured surface, take a small piece of dough and roll it into a long thin shape.
  3. Cut them into small pieces and continue with the rest of the dough. Keep them well floured so they don’t stick to each other.
  4. In the meantime prepare the frying pan and heat up the oil. Start frying the Struffoli until they are golden. Turn them so they cook evenly.
  5. Place them on layers of kitchen paper to absorb the oil.
  6. At this point you can freeze the Struffoli if you want to use them at a later time. You do not need to defrost them and bring them to room temperature, before continuing to the next step. They will defrost with the heat of the honey.
  7. Pour the Struffoli into a large frying pan and add 1 cup of honey. Stir well over a medium heat until the honey caramelizes, then completely coat the Struffoli.
    Struffoli in a pan with honey
  8. Pour over a serving dish, and make them into the shape of a mountain.
    Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac
  9. Add some coloured sprinkles and let it cool completely before serving them.
  10. They are now ready to eat. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Calories 666 calories per serving
Fat 5 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 75 gr per serving
Sodium 93 mg per serving

*Assuming 70% increase in calories for fried food
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.


Struffoli is an Italian dessert mostly known as a Christmas tradition from Naples, but in many other Italian regions are traditional during Carnival. #yourguardianchef #dessert #Christmas

  10 comments for “Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac

  1. 28th December 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I never heard of Struffoli before, but it looks like something I’m gonna LOVE!!!

    • Laura
      28th December 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Ah, ah, thanks, I think you will

  2. 28th December 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This looks so delicious! Definitely going to give it a try 🙂

    • Laura
      28th December 2017 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you, you will like them

  3. 28th December 2017 at 4:23 pm

    These look insanely delicious! I think I could eat a whole batch by myself!

    • Laura
      28th December 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Yes, I can hardly resist temptation if there are any left

  4. 28th December 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my! So glad I came across this recipe for struffoli! The step-by-step photos are helpful!

    • Laura
      28th December 2017 at 5:59 pm

      I am glad it is helpful, they are very easy to make

  5. 28th December 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I have never heard of struffoli – but these look so good! Can’t go wrong with fried dough!

    • Laura
      28th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, no you cannot go wrong

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