I love these Italian Red Wine Doughnut Cookies. I know it can seem quite strange to make sweet cookies with wine, but it is actually very common in Italy.
We make cookies and pastries using either white or red wine very often, especially in the South of the country. The wine gives these cookies a crispier texture, which I love.
They can be eaten for breakfast with tea, milk or coffee or after lunch or dinner, dunked in wine. I also like the doughnut shape and they are quite fun to make. You can even make them with the kids during the school holidays!
Enjoy and don’t forget to check out my video recipe below.
Italian Red Wine Doughnut Cookies
- 100 ml – 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp red wine
- 100 ml – ½ cup vegetable oil
- 100 gms – ½ cup granulated sugar
- 375 gms – 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- Granulated sugar to coat
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the red wine, vegetable oil, and sugar.
Add the flour, baking powder, and fennel seeds and knead well.
Divide the dough in small pieces and roll them into ropes about 1 cm (1/2”) thick. Cut these ropes into segments approximately 15 cm – 6” long. Join the ends of the segments by forming a drop-like shape and press lightly with your finger.
Coat the cookies with granulated sugar and put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C – 340°F for 15 minutes.
Let them cool down completely and enjoy!