Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cookies Recipe


These doughnuts were born near Rome in the Roman Castles. They’re probably the most known rustic sweets in Lazio. Usually they’re eaten with some wine, and yes, there’s actually wine in the doughnuts themselves.

Typical Italian cookies «ciambelline al vino rosso», selective focus



  • half cup of red wine
  • quarter cup of anise seeds
  • half cup of sugar
  • half cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • a pinch of cinnamon (if you like it)


Soak the anise seeds in the red wine for at least half an hour. Then, mix together all the ingredients and work the dough until you obtain a smooth ball. 

Meanwhile, reheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet with extra virgin olive oil.

Prepare a bowl with enough white sugar to cover the bottom of it.

Take small chunks of the dough and make the donut shaped cookies.

Carefully coat them with the sugar and then position them on the cookie sheet. 

Once you’ve finished the dough, bake the Ciambelline for 20/25 minutes, they must look only slightly golden-brown along the edges.

Enjoy them freshly baked from the oven, or preserve them in a cookie jar. Till the next year.

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