Ciambelline di Natale, Italian Wine Cookies

Ciambelline Al Vino 2013

Usually, I bake the Ciambelline di Natale at the same time I make the Tozzetti, because, as the Italian name aptly implies, they are meant to be eaten for Christmas. This time, I made the ciambelline for the Befana’s day. Still a holiday in Italy. As everything I do, I slightly altered the original recipe from Civitavecchia my mother in law gave me.


half cup of red wine

quarter cup of anise seeds

half cup of sugar

half cup of extra virgin olive oil

1 cup of flour

1 cup of self-rising flour

a pinch of cinnamon (if you like it)

How to make the Ciambelline:

Soak the anise seeds in the red wine for at least half an hour. Then, mix together all the ingredients and work the dough until you obtain a smooth ball.

Meanwhile, reheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet with extra virgin olive oil. Prepare a bowl with enough white sugar to cover the bottom of it. Take small chunks of the dough and make the donut shaped cookies.

Carefully coat them with the sugar and then position them on the cookie sheet.

Once you’ve finished the dough, bake the Ciambelline for 20/25 minutes, they must look only slightly golden-brown along the edges. Enjoy them freshly baked from the oven, or preserve them in a cookie jar. Till the next year.

Ciambelline di Natale, Italian Wine Cookies

4 thoughts on “Ciambelline di Natale, Italian Wine Cookies

  1. Karen Henry says:

    Hi Monica- Gary Henry’s wife Karen here. I’ve made these cookies a few times this year and love the fact that the fat is olive oil and that the anise flavor is so delicate and fresh. You mention Tozzetti. Do you have a recipe for that you could share? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, Karen! Nice meeting you 🙂 I do have a recipe for a tricolor tozzetti that I have already posted, but as soon as I find the original recipe my mother in law gave me, I’ll post it for you. Ciao 🙂

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