Italian Christmas Cookies & Recipes Italian Cookies Recipes


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.




MAKES: 25 ciambelline


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