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Sicilian Cookies

St Joseph Church, NY


  • 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp (7 ml) sugar
  • 1/8 tsp (1 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups (475 ml) vegetalbe oil
  • 1-1/2 cups (350 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) grated orange peel
  • candy sprinkles, optional
  • powdered sugar, optional
  • Put flour on a board and make a well in the center.
  • Add eggs, egg yolk, oil, sugar, salt, and lemon peel.
  • Mix and work dough well.
  • Shape dough into very small balls about the size of marbles, and fry in 2 cups (475 ml) of hot oil until golden.
  • Fry only a few at a time.
  • While dough is frying, melt honey in saucepan and add orange peel.
  • When balls are done drop them in the honey and orange peel mixture and remove with a strainer spoon.
  • Pile on a serving dish into a conical mound.
  • Cool.
  • Top with candy sprinkles or powdered sugar or leave plain.

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