Ciambelline al vino are traditional Italian wine cookies, popular especially in central Italy. They are small, ring-shaped cookies that are lightly sweetened and flavored with red or white wine.

Texture: Ciambelline al vino are light and crumbly, with a texture similar to shortbread cookies. They are not overly sweet and have a delicate, airy quality.

Flavor: The flavor of these cookies is unique, with the wine imparting a subtle fruity and slightly acidic taste. The olive oil adds a richness that complements the wine.

Appearance: The cookies are small and ring-shaped, with a golden-brown exterior. They are often coated in sugar before baking, which adds a slightly crunchy texture.

Usage: Ciambelline al vino are typically enjoyed as a snack or dessert, often accompanied by a glass of wine. They are perfect for dipping into wine or coffee.

Nonna's Italian Ciambelline Al Vino (Wine Cookies)

Wine cookies are tasty, rustic-looking dry treats popular in central Italy. Also known as ciambelline al vino, they are made with a simple dough made from flour, sugar, red (or white) wine, seed oil and a pinch of baking powder.
Once the classic doughnuts are formed, they are dipped in granulated sugar and then baked in the oven, for a crispy, well-caramelized end result.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 25 pieces


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 tbsp red or white wine
  • 1.8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Mix the wine, sugar, and oil in a bowl.
  • Add the sifted flour and baking powder.
  • When the dough begins to take on some consistency, move it to a pastry board and knead it with your hands.
  • Break off small pieces of dough and form small strands, then join the ends together to form doughnuts.
  • Dip the doughnuts in granulated sugar (one side only).
  • Place them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper, sugar-side up.
  • Bake at 330 F and bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Take the doughnuts out of the oven, let them cool and serve.
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