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 cookiesIngredients:
- 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:
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth, about 5 minutes.
- 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.
- Pour some granulated sugar into a shallow dish. Dip each cookie ring into the sugar, coating it lightly.
- Place the sugared rings on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cookies are golden and firm to the touch.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 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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