Struffoli is a traditional Neopolitan dessert that is mainly comprised of fried dough circles roughly the size of marbles.The name Struffoli actually originates from the Greek word “strongulous” which means “rounded”. Some consider Struffoli to be a cookie while others describe it as just dough fritters. The dish is typically made around Christmastime and is arranged on a plate in a ring to represent a Christmas wreath or in a cone shape to simulate a Christmas tree. Multi colored sprinkles or candies are often mixed in with the Struffoli to make them even more festive.
Struffoli  can be served at room temperature or sometimes warm. The dough is customarily fried in olive oil (however many now use vegetable or canola oil instead) and then tossed with honey, cinnamon and orange rind. While the outside of the dough is nice and crispy, the inside remains light and fluffy making the Struffoli all too easy to pop into your mouth!
This amazing Italian dessert may look complicated as any dessert this eye catching must be difficult to make. However, you do not need to be a professional pastry chef to make delicious Struffoli right in your own home. The dough for this recipe is made in a food processor and the ingredients are simply mixed together until a nice, smooth dough ball forms. The dough is left to rest then rolled into balls, floured and fried. Honey syrup is then tossed with the Struffoli and plated however you’d like. Voila! A perfect Italian dessert.