Italian Honey Balls


Italian Honey Balls

Italian Honey Balls
35 Min

A delectable dessert, these Italian Honey Balls are finger-lickin' good. Bake these for the holidays and you'll be the life of the party! These honey-drenched balls of dough are hard to keep away from!

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.


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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Thanks for this! After my nonnie passed no one could find her recipe

It says 1/2 c oil not 12!

I just made it. Luckily I used a lasagna pan instead of a cookie sheet, because like "freezedry" I probably would have had a fire! Are you sure it needs 12 cup of oil? They fried in the oven there was so much grease. I had to turn them over to brown the tops. When I bit into one the inside was like oily mush. Threw out the whole thing!

Where do you see 12 cups of oil? I see 1/half cup of oil

Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, not 12 cups. You misread it.

Once these are done, are they sticky to the touch? I'm planning on making them for an office Christmas party, but want to be sure they are easy to eat.

Yes, these are sticky so we probably wouldn't recommend them for a Christmas party.

how to store these little gems, also how long will they keep on the counter? thanks, M

They should keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container. Enjoy!

How many balls do you get making one batch??

made these for years!! SO GOOD!!

Would anyone know of a recipe to make the kind of icing/glaze (what ever it would be called, lol) in place of the honey? The kind I am thinking of is almost a transparent kind of covering that these little balls could be placed in (like the little donut holes you can buy that have that type of clearish-white coating on them). I'm thinking it would probably have powdered sugar and milk in the recipe (but I'm just guessing here). I would greatly appreciate this if anyone can help me with this. Also... would it be alright to just deep-fry these little buggers instead of baking them? I'm sure 'baked' is 'healthier' than 'deep-fried', but IF (and WHEN) I'm going to eat 'these kinds of things' (mmm, yum, yum), then I'm going to 'have at it' ALL THE WAY!! lol Happy Baking everyone!!!

When I make "the best donuts ever" with Grands southern style biscuits (deepfried) I mix a little orange juice with powdered sugar to make a wonderful orange glaze. Start with a little juice and add to desired consistency. The neighborhood loves it!!

I use 1cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk. this can be thinned down with a little splash of milk, maybe 1tsp at a time and you can add 1/2 tsp vanilla ex as preferred


IF This recipe caught your oven on Fire maybe best not to bake at all and STAY AFROM THE OVEN AND BURNERS ON TOP OF STOVE I made this recipe last Christmas and turned out fine

I am just taking a "stab in the dark" here BUT I am guessing that someone dipped thier balls in the honey mixture BEFORE they baked them......thereby having the honey "dripping outta their balls" all over the oven! Yes?

Finally! Now I can make my own golden nuggets since Stella Doro doesn't make them anymore after Nestle took over the company. It used to be so easy to just buy the nuggets and mix my own honey, lemon and sugar. Plus I use walnuts or almonds instead of that other stuff to make it more elegant and healthier and then I would sprinkle colored sprinkles on top.

This recipe sounds almost like my grandmothers tegleha . Except in that recipe you boil the dough in a mixture of honey and sugar and water. I will try this to compare the recipes.

It's not christms without Grandma's Honey Balls! This sounds a bit healthier than my family reciepe! We always did them in hot oil weeks ahead and then when ready to serve or give as gifts we added the honey. Will make try this today.

love the recipie, can the balls be made ahead of time( 3-4 days) & add the honey added shortly before you want to use them??

basically its a cream puff batter that you are making .. would be easier to "pipe" the little balls from a piping bag its much easier - my mother always made these at christmas time and if i tell you she piped THOUSANDSSSSS of them i am not kidding you ... she gave plates to everyone .. everyone loved them .. my paternal grandmother fried them which was the original old italian version .. ill have to make a batch and surprise my family . my mother can't bake or do anything like that any longer happy holidays everyone

For anyone trying to cut back on sugar, try using agave nectar in place of the honey and granulated agave for the sugar. Both are really easy to find at stores like Whole Foods.

Well at that point they wouldn't be "honey balls" anymore...


mspiegel224, i boil water and oil together all the time when i make a pasta dish. you'll only have splattering if you have oil in a very hot pan (like a frying pan) then add water or visa-versa. the water/oil combo used in this recipe shouldn't be a problem at all. i hope this helps.

first the real struffoli are fried in oil not baked and its supposed to be a family thing to make together( it should be a large batch to give a plate to family and friends to take home) and u roll the dough out to snakes and then cut them in to small pillows. fry them in hot oil and then pour the honey over them and sprinkle with non-perils.

This is the way I always made them.

How do you boil oil and water together without it popping all over the place?

You are not adding water to hot oil. There is more water than oil and it is all coming to temp at the same time. You will not have any problems.

If everyone wants a taste it serves many more, however, if everyone wants only this for after dinner, then it only serves 3. Why post a correction to the recipe? If you need it for 30, multiply everything by 10. It's simple math...

Are you serious that this only serves 3 or is that a misprint. My family totals 35 - 40 people at my house on the holidays! I would have to make twenty batches of this if it only serves 3. Please correct this or make the recipe MUCH, MUCH larger.


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