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Vinny Guadagnino's Struffoli (Italian Doughnut Holes)

Vinny Guadagnino's Struffoli (Italian Doughnut Holes)
Vinny Guadagnino's Struffoli (Italian Doughnut Holes)Nathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
30 mins
Prep Time:
1 hr

Chef notes

I love this recipe because it's so unique and reminds me of the holidays. It's a great dessert for sharing that you can have in small bites like popcorn.

Technique tip: Keep your hands floured so the dough doesn't stick to them as you roll it out.


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Corn oil, for frying
  • 4 cups honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange extract
  • 1 cup colored sprinkles


    For the dough:

    In a mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add flour, vanilla and salt and mix to form a soft dough.

    Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

    On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 parts (keep dough covered with plastic wrap until ready to use).

    Take one part of dough and roll out into a 6-inch log. Divide that log into four equal parts. Roll out each individual part to a 1/4-inch thickness. With a paring knife cut the dough rope into 1/4-inch cubes and set aside (keep them on a floured surface or sprinkle them with flour so they don't stick together). Repeat process with every part of dough until you are left with all cubes.

    Fill a sauce pot with enough oil to deep fry. On a medium-high flame, bring oil to frying temperature (about 350°F).

    Working in batches, drop in cubes of dough and cook until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove cubes from oil. Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Repeat process until all cubes of dough are cooked.

    For the glaze:

    In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the honey, sugar and orange extract and heat until mixture is warm but not boiling, about 10 minutes.

    Working with one cup of fried balls at a time, toss the balls in the honey mixture until they are coated. Use a slotted spoon to remove coated balls from the honey and onto a plate. Repeat until all dough is coated with honey.

    To serve:

    Top with colored sprinkles and serve.