Every family has their own unique food traditions, and it’s those favorite family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation that feel particularly special when they land on the dinner table.
These recipes help celebrate a family’s heritage and the loved ones who have passed them down. They’re also a delicious blast from the past, oftentimes using special ingredients or unique cooking techniques.
If you love food as much as we do, you are going to go nuts for Nonna Ada’s frappe cookies. They’re fried golden cookies, traditionally served with a generous amount of powdered sugar and drizzles of honey.
This real Italian grandmother makes cooking from scratch fun and easy. And you’ll get a taste of Italy with these delicious fried morsels!
Nonna Ada’s secret for making these sweet treats so delectable is frying them in Crisco shortening to create a light, crispy texture.
While the cookies may be delicious, watching Nonna Ada make these treats really shows how much love and attention goes into her baking.
Something about desserts made from scratch are just so much more satisfying than anything you can pick up in a store.
Watch the video below if you’re interested in trying out a recipe that brings to life warm, bustling Italian kitchens. You’ll also learn more about Nonna Ada’s secrets to frying up the best frappe cookies!
- 3 egg yolks
- 5 tsps. Crisco butter-flavored shortening
- 5 tsps. sugar
1⁄2tsps. baking powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3-4 cups flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 2-3 drops olive oil
1⁄2cup powdered sugar
- Crisco shortening for frying
- Mix together yolks, eggs, Crisco butter-flavored shortening, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
- Begin to add flour, starting with 2 1/2 cups. Slowly add more as needed until dough forms.
- Turn out dough onto floured wooden board to knead.
- Add olive oil to give dough a smooth feel.
- Return dough to bowl and cover for 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Divide dough into three or four pieces and roll each out onto a floured board.
- Cut into thin strips (1x3 inches) with a wavy-edged pastry wheel. Cut slit in the middle, then make a slipknot.
- Heat Crisco shortening in electric fryer.
- Fry dough in medium-hot Crisco shortening until golden. Drain on paper towels.
- Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle honey on top.
- Serve and enjoy!
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