With the recipe for Carnival Cuddrureddri you can make delicious Sicilian sweet fritters.

They are prepared with durum wheat flour, are very fluffy and do not require any leavening. They resemble doughnuts and are covered with sugar.

Sicilian Carnival Fritters Donuts (Cuddrureddri)

Cuddrureddri are traditional Christmas cookies from Calabria, Italy, shaped into various forms and flavored with citrus zest, cinnamon, and sometimes cocoa powder. They are made with simple ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or olive oil, and are baked until golden brown. Cuddrureddri are a beloved part of Calabrian Christmas traditions, often made in family kitchens and shared during the festive season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian


  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of durum wheat flour
  • orange peel grated
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • salt to taste
  • cinnamon powder to taste
  • 5 tsp of seed oil
  • sugar and cinnamon for coating to taste
  • oil for frying


  • To make Carnival Cuddureddri, you must first put the water and milk in a saucepan.
  • Add the seed oil (sunflower), sugar, grated zest of one orange, a pinch of cinnamon and salt.
  • Bring to a boil, then pour in the flour all at once.
  • Stir vigorously, using a wooden spoon, until the mixture is firm and pulls away from the sides.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Transfer the mixture to a work surface and knead a little with your hands.
  • Create strings of about 1 oz, then close them, creating a kind of “e,” somewhat elongated.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
  • Once it reaches a temperature of about 330 F, fry.
  • The cuddureddri should float.
  • Drain and on a tray with paper towels.
  • Dip in granulated sugar combined with cinnamon.
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