Sweet taralli cookies

Sweet taralli cookies

By 19/02/2017

Sweet taralli belong to the "cucina povera" or "peasant cooking" as they are made with a few simple ingredients; simplicity is one of the main characteristics of the Italian cuisine.

After the recipe of savoury taralli  from my friend Rosetta, here is the sweet version, so simple and so delicious. They have wine in them too which makes them very aromatic and you can add a touch of lemon zest or a tsp of vanilla essence too if you like.

They will last well for a week stored in an airtight container or they can be frozen when they are still raw, lined up on a baking tray then defrosted and baked.

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 60



In a bowl mix the oil with the wine and the sugar. Add the sifted flour with the baking powder. Mix well.

Making Italian Taralli cookies - mixing flour, sugar, oil and wine

Working with your hands make a smooth dough. Add more flour if needed.

Making Italian Taralli cookies -making dough

Cut the dough into chunks then roll it forming a cord about 10 cm or 4 inch long and then joining the two ends to obtain a donut shape

Making Italian Taralli cookies -shaping dough

Put some sugar in a bowl or on a tray. Toss the taralli into the sugar and place them on a cloth. Let them rest for 15 minutes then bake them on a greased baking sheet at 180C or 350F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Making Italian Taralli cookies - coating with sugar

Keep checking as they cook, every oven is different. They are ready when they look nice and golden.

Sweet Italian Taralli cookies

Thanks Rosetta for all her hard work again! Together we had fun making this simple video on how to make sweet taralli 🙂

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16 Responses to Sweet taralli cookies

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I wonder if you can make these cookies with red wine…I really love the idea of adding wine in sweet treats. Thanks Alida and Rosetta.

    • Alida

      I am sure you can with red wine, they will just look darker.

  2. All That I'm Eating

    These sound great Alida, I’ve not made biscuits with wine in them before!

    • Alida

      It makes them very aromatic!

  3. La cucina di Molly

    Che buoni, è da tanto che non li faccio, proverò questa tua ricetta, mi ispirano molto! Un bacione!

  4. Dean Haas

    Can I use different oil, like olive oil, instead of the corn?

    • Alida

      Yes of course

  5. bryant

    make it with a Prosseco left over in the fridge, and tossed in rosemary with the sugar – turned out absolutely amazing – little sweet and savory umami action. lol.

    • Alida

      Sounds wonderful, thank you for this tip!

  6. Joan

    My neighbor made a very hard sweet taralli in large rings. They did not break easily if at all. One was quite enough. She’s gone decades now but I am wanting these cookies! Can you help?

    • Alida

      I think it is best to make them a little smaller, not so large. Maybe your friend didn’t add enough oil, that’s why maybe they were so hard. Having said that these are not soft biscuits though and they tend to be on a crunchy side.

  7. Gina

    Hi Alida
    I have tried both your taralli recipes and for some reason the dough does not come together when rolling out? Not sure what I did but no matter how I try th e dough looses good but when try to roll it out it does not hold together it slits up.
    The recipe sounds good just wanted to bake them.

    • Alida

      I think taralli can be tricky to make sometimes. I am sure I had the problem you are describing myself, at least once. To help “glue” the dough I have oiled my hands with olive oil, this has helped shaping the dough. Also make sure you use a flour with a good gluten content as it helps binding the dough together as well.

  8. Maria Kember

    Hi Rosetta,
    I have never seen Corn Oil in Australia.
    Can I use Canola or Vegetable Oil instead?
    Thank you.

    • Alida

      Hi Maria, yes sure you can.

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