Wednesday, February 28 2024

These Italian wine ring cookies, known as “Ciambelline al Vino,” are a traditional dessert found in country bakeries and family gatherings, where they are often enjoyed as dessert or with a mid-afternoon espresso.

The subtle wine aroma, combined with a crisp texture and a dusting of sugar, makes these ring-shaped cookies a unique and sophisticated addition to any table.


 

 

 

Makes approximately 24 cookies
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for coating
  • 1/2 cup dry white or red wine (depending on preference)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional for added flavor)
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. If you’re using lemon zest, add it to the mixture for a citrusy twist.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the olive oil and wine. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll them into ropes about 1/4 inch thick and 4-5 inches long. Join the ends to form ring shapes, pressing the ends together firmly.
  6. Pour some granulated sugar into a shallow dish. Dip each cookie ring into the sugar, coating it lightly.
  7. Place the sugared rings on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are golden and firm to the touch.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, serve these Italian Wine Ring Cookies with your favorite dessert wine, coffee, or tea. They can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, making them perfect for sharing or savoring over time.
Enjoy the rustic charm and simple elegance of these Italian Wine Ring Cookies, a sweet reminder of the timeless flavors of Italy. Buon appetito!
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