Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 21st April 2010

Cicerchiata is one of my favourite Italian desserts, so light and fluffy.  It has many names, Struffoli, Pignolata and Chiacchiere just to name a few, depending on the region you hail from.

A close up photo of a light blue bowl containing cicerchiata, small sweet pastry balls coated with chocolate honey.

My family is from Monteferrante, a small town in the Abruzzo region about 50 miles east of Rome by the Adriatic Sea.

There are so many different variations for Italian Honey Balls, but the one I am sharing with you today is a super easy recipe. If you’d like, you can add sprinkles, candied fruit, sliced almonds or anything you fancy to dress them up, you can also arrange them into various shapes.

I like to eat them in the simplest form, piled high in a bowl dripping with honey.

A close up photo of a white bowl containing cicerchiata, small sweet pastry balls coated with honey.

I did venture out just a little, I happened to visit one of our local farms a little while back and I came across chocolate honey. I had never tried it, I decided I would split the batch in half, one half regular honey the other chocolate honey, so glad I did, just a hint of chocolate but they were so delicious. Just a thought, next time I may try them with chocolate honey, crushed hazelnuts and orange zest.

A close up black and white photo of a honey jar, with the lid to the side and a yellow coloured honey drizzler coming out from the top.

Another very popular Italian treat is Cannoli Siciliani, the Ultimate Italian Pastry and my absolute downfall!

A close up photo of a light blue bowl containing cicerchiata, small sweet pastry balls coated with chocolate honey.


I’m giving you fair warning, these are irresistible, I could eat the whole bowl and I’m not referring to the single-serving size bowl.



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Comments (12)

12 Responses to “Cicerchiata-Struffoli, Italian Honey Balls”

  1. Rosalina Ozment Says:

    Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Rosalina.

  3. Marly Says:

    What a great site! I have never heard of these Italian honey balls but they look delicious! Can’t wait to check out other recipes on your site!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marley, many more to come! Your pup is adorable, I have two, a yellow lab (Sako) and a Lhasa Poo (Kisses).

  5. Tom Ogletree Says:

    OK Grace that’s enough I’m drooling here. Are you gonna make desserts for the wedding this summer?

  6. Grace Says:

    Am I tempting you to make a visit? I will make desserts for you any time. I will be baking for the next month for the bridal shower. I’ll be baking cookies, cookies and more cookies for our guests to take home. I am also going to make 2 signature pastries, cannoli (V’s favourite) and Portuguese custard tarts (M’s favourite) and a gourmet cupcake. Testing out a few recipes.

  7. Branden Kraskouskas Says:

    Thanks so much for this. This might sound weird, but I spent the first few years of my teenage life in Rome, then travelled all over the world. Now I’m living in Australia, with my Chinese wife, and son we had whilst living inJapan! Truly international, eh? Anyway, I’ve been trying to rediscover the smells and tastes of my youth with some authentic Italian recipe like these, best I’ve found so far! Thanks again, I’ll see if I can add the feed to my google reader tonight, though my son usually does that for me!

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    […] you enjoy Italian Desserts as much as I do you must try one of my most favourite Italian treats, Cicerchiata (Italian Honey Balls).  They are puffed pastry balls dripping with honey.  And of course I […]

  9. welovefur Says:

    Your blog is delicious.

    With love and chocolate :=)

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    […] Connie, brought me not one, not two, but three delicious Italian treats in the past week, Lasagna, Cicerchiata (Italian Honey Balls) and these amazing Sweet Rolls, Pagnottini.Connie met me at the fabric store […]

  11. Marcella Fante Says:

    Hello while I was looking for a honey ball recipe I was really surprised to find your recipe. I was especially surprised to see that your family is from Monteferrante. My parents are from Colledimezzo only 8 kilometers away. Can’t wait to try your recipe for cicerchiata (I’ve always known them by that name!)
    Happy Holidays
    Marcella Fante

  12. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Marcella. I am so sorry for my late reply, I haven’t been updating the site since my mom had a severe stroke, the family is focused on her recovery. What a small world, my grandmother was born and raised in Colledimezzo.

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