Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac

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
Course Desserts
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 393kcal


Struffoli (Pignolata)

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 1 cup honey
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying


  • Mix all the ingredients together for the Struffoli and let the dough rest for 1.5 hrs.
    Chiacchiere Strufoli mix the ingredients
  • Place the Struffoli dough over a floured surface, take a small piece of dough and roll it into a long thin shape.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place them on layers of kitchen paper to absorb the oil.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pour over a serving dish, and make them into the shape of a mountain.
    Traditional Struffoli Recipe With Cognac
  • Add some coloured sprinkles and let it cool completely before serving them.
  • They are now ready to eat. Enjoy!


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 2.3% | Iron: 17.2%