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How to make it

  • Place flour on board, making a well in the center.
  • Place eggs, egg yolk, shortening, sugar, salt and lemon peel into the well.
  • Mix well, working the dough with your hands.
  • Shape into very small balls, the size of marbles.
  • Let the dough balls rest about 15-20 minutes, covered with damp paper towels, while you heat the oil in a deep stock pot.
  • Drop the balls, a few at a time into the hot oil (350 degrees) until golden brown.
  • They'll float, just turn them around a bit for even browning.
  • Melt honey in a saucepan and add orange zest.
  • As soon as the balls are fried, take them from the oil directly to the honey pot.
  • Let them float around in there for about 30 seconds.
  • Lift them out of the honey with a slotted spoon, placing them on a serving platter, piling them into a conical shape.
  • Sprinkle with non-pareils while the honey is still warm.

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  • kaffiey2k 1 year ago
    Instead of cutting the dough into small balls my mom used to use a play dough press (of course new) and make round strings of dough and then we cut them into balls. Worked great and was a lot quicker. Miss making and eating these!!!
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    vikkorm ate it and said...
    DELICIOUSA
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  • mareann3 2 years ago
    This was so simple and it tasted just like my Grandmother's Strufoli. Everyone that ate it just loved them. The only thing it doesn't take 2 minutes to make them.
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  • FavoriteFixins 3 years ago
    I make these every year!!!
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  • sadiegirl 4 years ago
    My great-grandmother used to make this. She would mix in a little bit of shaved chocolate, and maybe some nuts, put it in a bowl, let it set, then invert it onto a pretty plate. Then a little more chocolate was sprinkled on top along with the non-pareils. Extra supreme yumminess!
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  • lilliancooks 5 years ago
    I have a similar recipe except for a few ingredients...and I make mine into thin strips instead of balls! This is good stuff! During the holidays I eat these by the bowl full!
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    cookingwithcaitlin ate it and said...
    This sounds so good!
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    " It was excellent "
    paulasue1 ate it and said...
    SOUNDS SOOOO GOOD. 5 FORKS FOR THIS ONE! THANKS,
    PAULA
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Love these Helene reminds me of my family own Italian family gathering I will be hosting this year. You can bet these will be on the table for all of mu guest.

    Five stars

    Michael
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    marky90 ate it and said...
    I just love this, Use to buy these at our bakeries in Greektown (Detroit) and always a favorite..Thanks-Marky
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    " It was excellent "
    mis7up ate it and said...
    Sounds and looks good by the photo. Thanks
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    minitindel ate it and said...
    omg !!!!!!!!! GG i'm frickin drooling here hahaha.......those look terrific for sure
    a ten .............lol

    tink
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    goblue434 ate it and said...
    Sounds Yummy. If You Don't Have Non-Pariels, How 'bout A Dusting Of Powdered Sugar?
    Great Post, Thnx.
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Wow, so defferent and delicious! Love it!
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    laurieg ate it and said...
    Hey!! These are the cookies I was talking about being my favorite... I tried to make them last year but my mother-in-law gave me crappy directions and they didn't come out right. I ate them anyway :)..Thank you, thank you, I will try your recipe out for thanksgiving maybe (if I can wait that long....
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    lasaf ate it and said...
    Honey this will be a fun recipe to make. Just think of the cool Non-pareils that you could decorate this with. Plus I am sure it will be addicting. Thanks for the recipe. - Lori
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    Oh - this is the one you were talking about....Mama mia!! Mmmmm good
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    annieamie ate it and said...
    Thanks so much for this recipe! I want to make the large "trees" of these for the holiday this year. Your recipe will become a new tradition for our holiday dessert table this year! Thank you!!!
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  • babskitchen 5 years ago
    Oh, these sound good! Are these sort of like "doughnut holes?" Bookmarking them for sure.
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    lanacountry ate it and said...
    Yummy Italian!! Thanks and 55555 FFF group!! :)
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