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Homemade orange flavored taralli, baked then coated with sweet and tangy lemon icing and colored confetti.

Nestle one or two lemon taralli next to your favorite coffee or tea.

A perfect treat for the holidays. 

homemade taralli



2 cups of sifted flour (bread flour) or all purpose flour 
2 large eggs 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/8 tsp. ammonium carbonate (or baking soda) 
Grated zest of 1 orange 
1 tsp. olive oil or extra virgin 
1 tbsp. orange liqueur-( or triple orange liqueur) 
Colored Sprinkles (confetti), optional

Makes: 10 taralli



Preparing the Dough: 

Prepare by Hand or Use Mixer. 

Make a well with flour, break eggs, add baking powder, ammonium carbonate (baking soda), olive oil, orange zest, orange liqueur, sugar and beat continuously grabbing the flour little by little.

baking powder on bowl

egg and baking powder

baking powder with egg


Once you have incorporated all the flour, work well for 5 minutes to ensure tenderness. 


egg dough


Let the dough settle by placing the dough in a piece of wax paper for 15 minutes and refrigerate. 


dough wrapped in paper

Grease a large baking sheet with butter. 

Forming the Braided Taralli: 

Begin to take one piece of the dough, stretching it into an elongated rope about 12 inches long.


elongated dough


Bring the two ends to match together and begin to overlap the dough until you reach the bottom.


round dough


Swing the end of the dough to meet the loop on top and seal.


taralli doughs


Place each taralli on a greased baking pan separating them by 2 inches apart. 

baked taralli dough

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (180 C) oven for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms look golden brown.

Remove and cool on rack. 

Lemon Icing

1 cup confectioners’ sugar 
Juice from 1/2 fresh lemon 
2 tbsp. granulated sugar 
l tsp. lemon liqueur (such as Limoncello) 
1 tsp. lemon extract 

Place all the ingredients into a bowl and beat with electric mixer incorporating all the sugar.

baking powder

taralli dough on a bowl

The mix should be thick and creamy. 

Brush the taralli with the creamy icing and immediately sprinkle with colored sprinkles (optional). 

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