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These easy cookie recipes are perfect for the holiday season, whether you swap them with friends, serve cookies at holiday parties, leave them out for Santa, or give them as gifts!

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Italian Honey Balls

(4 Votes)
COOK TIME
35 Min
READY IN
35 Min

No Christmas or other traditional celebration would be complete without these candylike struffoli honey ball cookies.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring water, oil, and salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in flour, beating with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat. Beat in eggs one at a time until well blended and smooth.
     
  2. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, form mixture into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden; set aside to cool.
     
  3. In a small saucepan, bring honey, sugar, and cinnamon to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue boiling until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then combine baked balls and honey mixture in a medium-sized bowl until balls are completely coated.
     
  4. Pile balls into a mound on a serving platter. Do not refrigerate.
Notes

You can make this really festive by garnishing it with candied cherries, almond or even multicolored Jordan almonds (candy-coated almonds, also called "wedding confetti").

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