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Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

HorrorFFF 1 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)I don’t know what my obsession with balls is lately.  First my MIL’s potato balls and now I can’t get my Aunt June’s sticky balls out of my brain.

Aunt June would make her famous honey balls for every special occasion and they were always a hit.  (Since my mom and her sister are NYC girls, you have to respect the ball and pronounce it as “bawls”.)  Basically, Struffoli consists of small dough balls fried and slathered in honey.  So simple and yet something about these balls always made mouths happy.

I have such fond memories of holidays gathered around Aunt June’s dining table and everyone huddling over a large bowl of honey balls.  My sister and I would always scrape extra honey off the bottom of the bowl before popping a ball into our mouths, which of course, is the proper way to handle my aunt’s balls.

Aunt June passed away two years ago this September after a battle with lung cancer.  Tomorrow I run 5 Miles for Moffitt in her memory.  Today, I share her Struffoli recipe with you in her memory.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls )


2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

¼  tsp salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ stick unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Canola oil for frying

1 ½ cups honey

Multi-colored sprinkles (Rainbow colored nonpareils)


In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.  Add the butter and pulse  a few times until crumbly. Add the eggs and vanilla.  Pulse until sticky.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

Remove and form into a ball.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough until ¼ inch thick. Using a knife, cut each piece of dough into ½ inch wide strips.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

Then cut each strip into ½ inch squares. Roll each piece of dough into a small ball about ½ inch in size.   Lightly dredge the dough balls in flour, shaking off any excess.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

Using a small fryer, pour enough oil to fill about a third of the way and heat oil to 375°. Fry the dough in batches until lightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate line with paper towels to drain excess oil. Once cooled, transfer balls to a large bowl.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

In a large saucepan, heat honey over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally (about 3 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat. Pour the honey on top of the fried dough.  Stir until evenly coated in the honey. Allow the mixture to cool for 2 minutes.

Serve in family style in a large bowl or scoop a few honey balls into cupcake liners. Decorate with sugar sprinkles and allow to set for 2 hours. Struffoli can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for at least a week.

 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

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 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)

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 Aunt June’s Struffoli (Honey Balls)


Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Frugal Follies (@frugalfollies) says:

    That looks great! I’m sure my kids would love them!

    Thanks so much for the linky. Stop by and check out my cheap recipes and link up your money-saving recipes to Frugal Food Thursday. And I’ve linked your post to StumbleUpon!

    11 May, 2012 at 8:49 am
  • Michelle says:

    I admit it. I giggled during your post.
    What a nice (and delicious) tribute to your Aunt June.
    Thanks for hosting!

    11 May, 2012 at 11:11 am
  • Lorie Shewbridge says:

    OH, yummy! These look like I could eat a dozen or so…
    I am definitely pinning this recipe to try.
    I even have everything in my pantry to make them. =)

    11 May, 2012 at 3:43 pm
  • Ricole Runs says:

    Whoaaaaa yum that sounds amazing. I need you to live here so I can try all the delicious things you make (because we all know I’m a cooking failure!)!

    12 May, 2012 at 10:58 am
  • Ann @ Housefinally blogspot says:

    OMG I love these!!! Does your family make Easter Pies too? Mine does. Thanks for this recipe.
    ann @ housefinally.blogspot

    12 May, 2012 at 8:55 pm
  • rdmcneer says:

    As always, your recipe looks fantastic! You’re featured!

    13 May, 2012 at 8:44 pm
  • JamericanSpice says:

    Never heard of these before. Definitely looks yummy!

    14 May, 2012 at 10:23 pm

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