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Italian Red Wine Doughnut Cookies

Italian Red Wine Doughnut Cookies

Learn how to make Italian Red Wine Doughnut Cookies – traditional sweet cookies from the South of Italy.
Course Cookies
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baking, cookies, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 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


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the red wine, vegetable oil, and sugar.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, and fennel seeds and knead well.
  3. 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.
  4. Coat the cookies with granulated sugar and put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C – 340°F for 15 minutes.
  6. Let them cool down completely and enjoy!