Struffoli, A typical Italian Christmas Dessert – By Valentina Coppola

Every country in the world has different Christmas traditions and different typical dishes. I want to show you how to prepare one of the most delicious desserts, from the South of Italy: “Struffoli,”a Neapolitan creation.

They are small balls of fried dough that are sweetened by honey. They are coloured, nice to see and very delicious. Their name derives from the ancient Greek word “strongoulos”.

Here is the recipe:


The dough:

500 gr flour

3 eggs and 3 yolks

100 gr sugar

70 gr butter

a bit of salt

lemon zest

anice (or “limoncello” or rum)


To flavour and decorate:

400 g honey

70 g candy-coated almonds

100 g candied orange

100 g candied citrus

100 g variously coloured candied almonds (in Naples they are called “diavulilli”)




  1. In a large bowl, put the flour and mix it with eggs, butter, zest of a lemon, sugar, salt and a glass of liquor that you’ve chosen.
  2. Create a compact pastry and give it the shape of a ball. It needs to stand for half an hour.
  3. Divide your pastry in small pieces. On a floured surface, pluck off pieces and roll them out. With a knife, cut them in very small pieces, like candies.
  4. Now it’s time to fry them in hot oil. Don’t forget to drain them on an absorbent paper.
  5. In a pot, melt honey in a bain-marie and when it’s cold, put the struffoli mixing. Pour the candied fruit, candy-coated almonds.
  6. Put your struffoli on a dish and pour the “diavolini”.


Enjoy your meal!



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