Italian Wine Cookies from my Polish Grandmother!
After doing some google research on what the actual name of these cookies was for the post, after all I couldn’t call them Grandma Wanda’s wine cookies or could I? I found these delectable little treats are from Calabria and are known as Turdilli. There were many different recipes with and without eggs and other seasonings. I found the recipe that was almost exactly like my grandmas on the website Allrecipes.com.
I gather all my ingredients, this helps me not to leave anything out. I have done that and its not pretty!
Heat oil and wine on a low heat.
Dough rolled and cut into approximately one inch sections.
Use the smooth side of a chees grater to roll cookies.
Roll, roll, roll your dough!!!!!! Heeeee hee
Fry cookies in several small batches.
Heat the honey and dip cookies to coat again in several small batches.
The fun part toss with sprinkles, lots of sprinkles!!!!!!!
Grandma Wanda’s Italian Wine Cookies
- 2 ½ cups vegetable oil
- 2 ½ cups of sweet Marsala cooking wine
- 12 cups all-purpose flour (Pillsbury)
- 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
- 1 large bottle of honey
Warm the wine and oil over medium heat and pour into the bowl of a Kitchen Aid mixer add the 12 cups of flour. With the bread hook knead until the dough comes together. My grandma did this by hand; she put the flour onto a clean surface made a well in the middle which she poured the liquid into. All the kneading was then done by hand.
Cut pieces off of the large ball of dough and roll into a long snake.
Cut the snake into approximately 1 inch pieces then roll each piece on the smooth side of a cheese grater (see picture) or use a fork to make ridges in the dough.
Heat oil for frying, I highly recommend using a small (Cuisinart) fryer or a large pot. Deep fry cookies until medium golden brown. Drain them on a paper towels.
Warm honey in fryer or deep saucepan until liquid, then drop cookies into honey in batches giving them a good coating. Remove them from the honey with a slotted spoon and let the honey drain off before putting into a large bowl.
Toss sprinkles on top of each batch after you have put them into the bowl.
Allow the honey to cool and serve.
You will not be able to eat just one I promise!