Italian Bowknot Cookies

Italian Bowknot Cookies


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About this recipe: Great unusual fried cookies. Original name is "Cenci alla Fioorentina", it came from my Italian cousins. I used these for a bake sale once and ran out before I even got started!


Serves: 24 

  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) plain flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup (125g) icing sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) honey

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr resting  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and white sugar together. Cut in the butter until well blended. Stir in the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  2. Knead dough on a floured surface until dough is elastic. Let dough rest for 1 hour.
  3. Divide into 4 parts. Roll each to 20x26cm rectangle. Cut into strips about 20cm long and 2cm wide. Tie each strip into loose knot.
  4. Fry cookies in hot oil 3-4 at a time, until golden brown. Drain well and sprinkle with icing sugar and honey, if desired. Serve hot or cold. Keep in airtight container.

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