I'm looking for a recipe for an Italian cookie that I remember having as a child. The cookie is shaped like a gnocchi or cavatelli but is much bigger, about 1.5 inches long and slightly larger than a quarter in diameter. It is distinctly 'C' shaped, though. The cookie was fried, probably deep fried, and then soaked in honey. The color is a very deep, dark brown.

The cookie is very dense but flaky. There was not a very strong flavor other than the honey that I recall (i.e. not anise-flavored or something strong like that). The texture is what I'm really after, I think.

It is not a Zeppole (it doesn't puff up) or a Bow Tie (not as brittle in texture, certainly not as thin) or the little pea-shaped cookies (Struffoli?).

Based on our family tree these are probably going to be a Southern Italian cookie, from Calabria. But that's just a guess/hint.

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    It sounds delicious! – Bluebelle Nov 2 '10 at 9:17
  • Hey ... the cookies are fried ! Why the "baking" tag??? :D – Dr. belisarius Nov 15 '10 at 19:48

Gnocchi shaped? I am pretty sure they are Turdilli! .

It's a traditional Calabrian recipe: alt text

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They are deep-fried:

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And hot-soaked in honey too:

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Same biscotti, slightly different shapes:

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Bear in mind that fried cookies soaked in honey are a traditional treat for carnival and Christmas seasons all over Italy, so you may find many, many similar recipes. From http://www.marinacepedafuentes.com/2010_02_01_archive.html :

Evviva i Dolci di Carnevale rigorosamente fritti, che ricevono nomi diversi secondo i luoghi. In Toscana chiacchiere o trecce, e poi frappe laziali, castagnole romane, frittelle di riso molisane, fritole triestine, nigelan altoatesini, sfincitelle siciliane, tortelli romagnoli, bomboloni fiorentini, cicerchiata umbra e chi più ne ha più ne metta!

At left with figs syrup, at right with honey:

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A full blown italian fritti feast:

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Turdilli recipes in Italian

Turdilli recipes in English

Video: Making Turdilli

A shop near my house sells turdilli (hold your envy)

  • Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner -- thanks!!!! – Joe Casadonte Nov 18 '10 at 2:16
  • LOL: Your shop is blocked as 'pornography' from here!!! – Benjol Dec 22 '10 at 8:14
  • @Benjol It works for me. Perhaps you have some kind of anti-fat filtering :) – Dr. belisarius Dec 22 '10 at 15:35

The following might lend some hints, or jog some more of your memory?

http://italianfood.about.com/od/biscottietc/r/blr0640.htm http://www.italianfoodforever.com/iff2008/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1151:italiancookietray&catid=68:debsblog&Itemid=67

  • Nothing seemed to be right -- thanks – Joe Casadonte Nov 2 '10 at 0:35

I believe you might be looking for Cartellate, or Honey Pinwheels? Check this site out and see if they look familiar. http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/cartellate.html There are a lot of different recipes for them, but some of what I came across look like what you were describing.

  • No, definitely not -- the shape is all wrong. The cookie I'm remembering is a cylinder about 1.5 inches long. – Joe Casadonte Nov 10 '10 at 14:35

Maybe you are thinking about Krumiri? They are very popular in Italy.

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  • They don't seem to be fried or covered in honey, so I'd say no. Both of these things were a fundamental part of the cookie, so I don't seem them as a simple variation. – Joe Casadonte Nov 14 '10 at 13:39
  • Ops, misread you question :-) – Sklivvz Nov 14 '10 at 14:11

It sounds like the cookie my family makes. we call it a dudela it is a dough that gets rolled on a grater then deep fried and soaks in honey with an orange peel.

  • You must be southern Italian, like my family. I believe my grandfather called them "durdeel", which would be the southern pronunciation of turdilli. – Joe Casadonte Dec 23 '13 at 14:59

my family calls them sculeete, but not sure that is the right spelling. Ours were braided and had whiskey, ginger, etc

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