Honey-Dipped Christmas Balls

Though called something different in every family, these are classic Italian Christmas pastries. Of course, they’re a delicious treat all year round.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 1 hour 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. iodized salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup port wine
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 cups honey

Directions

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening, then add the eggs and wine. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the egg mixture. Mix by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook at medium speed until the dough forms into a ball. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a clean towel and allow to rest for at least 1 hour (no longer than 3 hours) in the refrigerator.
  • Pull off pieces of the dough in portions equal to about 2 tablespoons. Roll into little balls using your hands. Continue until all the dough is used up.
  • Heat the oil to medium-high temperature in a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet. Fry each ball until light golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Heat the honey to medium temperature in a saucepan. Dip each ball in the honey, carefully shaking off excess, and place on wax paper. Serve slightly warm, but be sure honey has cooled enough not to burn the mouth.

Recipe Information

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. iodized salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup port wine
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 cups honey

Directions

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening, then add the eggs and wine. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the egg mixture. Mix by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook at medium speed until the dough forms into a ball. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a clean towel and allow to rest for at least 1 hour (no longer than 3 hours) in the refrigerator.
  • Pull off pieces of the dough in portions equal to about 2 tablespoons. Roll into little balls using your hands. Continue until all the dough is used up.
  • Heat the oil to medium-high temperature in a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet. Fry each ball until light golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Heat the honey to medium temperature in a saucepan. Dip each ball in the honey, carefully shaking off excess, and place on wax paper. Serve slightly warm, but be sure honey has cooled enough not to burn the mouth.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories500
Total Fat27g
Saturated Fat7g
Cholesterol110mg
Sodium370mg
Total Carbohydrate57g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars25g
Protein8g