Cartellata Cookies

delicious deep fried cookies
Delicious deep fried cookies
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3 cups All-purpose flour
⅓ cup Sugar
½ tsp Salt
½ cup Dry white wine warmed
¼ cup Olive oil extra virgin
Vegetable oil for frying
1 Lemon finely grated , zest of
For dusting:
2 tbsp Confectioners' sugar
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

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Cartellata Cookies


Cartellata Cookies are deep-fried Italian cookies which are usually served around Christmas time, but I say why restrict yourself to only eating these delicious crispy cookies to one time of year? I tend to make these cookies for events when I’d like to serve a homemade treat with coffee.  

The unusual thing about these cookies is the addition of white wine to the cookie dough! The wine not only adds flavor to the dough, it also prevents the cooking oil from foaming as you deep fry these cookies. These treats are so delicious sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.   

To make Cartellata Cookies, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Cartellata Cookies

Steps to make Cartellata Cookies


Mix dry ingredients


Mix 3 cups of flour with ⅓ cup of sugar and ½ a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl.


Add wet ingredients


Pour ½ a cup of wine and ¼ cup of olive oil into a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Gradually incorporate the dry ingredients until a dough forms.


Knead dough


Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Knead lightly until smooth. Cut the dough into two pieces and flatten each one into the shape of a disk. Wrap both of the disks in plastic and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.


Roll out dough


Return the rested dough to the lightly floured work surface. Roll out one of the dough disks to a ⅛ inch thick 12-inch square. Cut the rolled out dough into ½ inch wide strips.


Form coils of dough


Wrap each of the dough strips around itself into the shape of a loose coil. Transfer each of the coils to a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining disk of dough.


Heat oil


Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a saucepan to 300°F. Place a rack over a large baking sheet.


Fry cookies


Fry cookies in batches, Start by frying 4 or 5 coils in the hot oil until browned and crisp, about 50 seconds. Repeat until all of the remaining coils are cooked.


Drain oil


Transfer the fried cookies to the rack to drain.


Sprinkle with lemon zest, confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon


Sprinkle the cookies with lemon zest and sift a mix of confectioners sugar and cinnamon over them.



Serve Italian style: warm with strong coffee.

Cartellata Cookies are a deep fried Italian treat! If you make them, I’d love to hear how you get on. Come back and leave a comment below!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 16

Rainah, you can prepare the dough ahead 1-2 hours.


Can you prepare the dough ahead of time? I'm thinking fondue pot fun.... ???

Nathalie Kaczkowski

Added brown sugar instead of white and it taste amazing, not too sweet but perfect for some tea.

Karli Arnoldy

Made these and they came out great! they look just like they do in the pictures.

Margo Pugsley

Such a cool recipe, Cartellata cookies have been added to my favorite cookie list for sure! I'll be making these a lot :)

Emiliana Borroel

A little bit too crispy on my end, I think I'll stick with the Fresco sugar cookies but nonetheless enjoyable, just not my style.

Maryam Tennesen

I can't express how much I love these cookies, they are so simple to make. I added some homemade frosting instead of cinnamon and they are ABSOLUTELY perfect.

Maryjane Jedziniak

I loved these cookies super easy and fast to make.

Jubilee Stavely

My grandkids are obsessed with these! I let my youngest help with the dough and make it into little spirals, she had a lot of fun.Cartellata cookeis are perfect for some family time!

Aiyanna Nau

So yummy!! I added a bit more cinnamon to mine because I love the taste, these are really good!

Akira Sarcona

Delicious, if I could rate these cookies from 10 they'd be an 11!

Lilianna Peila

These cookies are literally, the BOMB! love the crunchy texture and flavour of them.

Kaya Streyle

Way too dry..without a good cup of tea these aren't very enjoyable, I'll still give it 4 stars though just because it was so easy to make and they don't taste bad.

Saanvi Ruacho

I liked the idea but it just doesn't give me the cookie feeling that I crave.Though the Cartellata isn't bad or anything, I just prefer the Cardamom German cookies instead.

Dania Roubideaux

The spiral design is really unique, I've never seen cookies made in this shape, love the idea and the taste, thanks!


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