Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Dessert

“Italian Christmas Struffoli”

Is a classic sweet of the Neapolitan cuisine.

Crispy honey balls with a tender heart seasoned with candied fruit, and sugar decorations.

In Naples, this is traditionally a Christmas dessert, but in the rest of Italy, these delicious hone balls are a delicacy for all major festivities!

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In this recipe, the flavor comes from the citrus peels, so make sure to have enough peels (for this I would say that the ideal amount would be at least 2 oranges, 1 lemon and 7 or 8 mandarins) cut very small. It’s better to do it the day before preparing the struffoli (you’ll find that it takes a long time and a lot of patience!). It’s useless to attempt to speed up the process using machines or graters as the result will be a sauce that does not produce the right effect. These peels joining with the honey and sugar become almost like candied fruit, only much more tasty and fragrant!

Dough Ingredients

  • 500 grams of flour
  • 5 eggs

Sauce Ingredients

  • 300 grams honey (about)
  • 100 grams sugar
  • Peels of citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, tangerines), cut into tiny pieces (see note below)


  • Colored Jordan almonds
  • Colored Sprinkles
  • Candied Citrus Peels

Prepare the Dough

Put the flour into a bowl and make a mound. Add the eggs and mix until you have a soft dough.

Wrap it in a cloth (cutting struffoli takes time and the mixture tends to dry out when it is exposed to air for too long)

Prepare the Struffoli

Cut a piece of dough (be careful to leave the rest wrapped in the cloth) and roll it with your hands into a thin round strip. Cut the strip into small pieces (when frying struffoli they will double in volume). Put the struffoli on a plate dusted with flour (do not worry if some stick together, they will break apart when you fry them)

Fry the Struffoli

If you have a fryer you can use that, otherwise use a large saucepan.

Heat the oil and fry the struffoli a little at a time until they are golden brown. During the frying some foam may begin to appear and you will want to remove it when it becomes excessive.

Remove the cooked struffoli with a slotted spoon and place them on a tray covered with paper towels.

Prepare the Sauce

In a large saucepan heat the sugar and half of the honey (use a low heat to prevent the honey from burning). When the honey is melted add all of the struffoli in stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. While continuing to stir add the remaining honey and the citrus peels. When the struffoli and honey are blended, turn off the heat and put them onto a serving plate. Decorate with the colored Jordan almonds, sprinkles and candied citrus peels.

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