You will love this traditional recipe for Italian Easter Taralli Cookies. These featherlike tadal cookies are both crunchy and chewy.
A short while ago, I shared a picture of the egg taralli that were made by la signora Filomena, my friend’s mom. There were so many of you that wrote to me requesting the recipe. In the span of a few weeks, I tried the recipe three times, trying to get it right. I am finally ready to share this recipe for these taralli cookies with all of you and more importantly, la signora Filomena’s advice when making them.
For those of you visiting for the first time, you need to know that I have a taralli obsession. A while back, I posted my mom’s Glazed Italian Egg Taralli. My mom would always make these around Easter and throughout the year because we loved them that much. I have tried to reproduce her recipe -it’s good, but I am curious to see the results if I apply la signora Filomena’s tips. With that being said, my to-do list just got longer… I will remake my mom’s egg taralli recipe with la signora Filomena’s advice. But for now, here is the Best Homemade Italian Easter Egg Taralli di Filomena… are you ready?
How to make Easter Taralli Cookies:
We will be using both the whisk and dough hook of the stand mixer to make this recipe. If you feel like getting a workout, feel free to knead the dough by hand.
I will usually start by sifting the flour and salt together and setting it aside. La signora Filomena uses one teaspoon of salt… I reduced it to 3/4 of a teaspoon. I might just try 1/2 teaspoon the next time… but I digress…
We will now whisk the room temperature eggs on medium-high speed for about 4-5 minutes. At this point add the sugar and the oil. Please note that there is only one tablespoon of sugar… this is not a typo. There really is just one. Have you noticed how so many traditional recipes will have the same quantity for the ingredients? Take for example this recipe for the Best Homemade Italian Easter Egg Taralli di Filomena; 5 eggs; 5 tablespoons of oil, which will give you 5 taralli.
Okay, so enough math 😉 At this point, I incorporate about one-third of the flour and then switch over to the dough hook to incorporate the remainder of the flour. Let your stand mixer do all the work for about 10 minutes.
At the end of the kneading process, the dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Shape the dough into a log; wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes at room temperature (I will usually place a tea towel over the top). The longer it rests, the easier the taralli will be to shape.
I will now cut the dough into 5 equal pieces. Each piece of dough weighed in at 160 grams. Please feel free to make smaller taralli if that works for you. Working with one piece of dough at a time, shape as follows…
With thumb and forefinger, pinch the middle piece of the dough to create a hole. Slowly enlarge the hole, while forming a donut shape. Repeat until all 5 pieces of dough have been formed. Be sure to keep the unshaped pieces of dough covered so that they do not dry out before you have a chance to shape them.
Bring a large pot of water to a 200°F (essentially, really hot water with a couple of bubbles escaping to the surface).
Place the taralli in the water and remove it with a slotted spoon once they float to the top (about 3-4 minutes). Make sure the taralli do not stick to the bottom of the pot by gently moving it around. My pot will only accommodate one taralli, so it’s one taralli at a time for me.
Place the boiled taralli on a clean tea towel and repeat the process until all the taralli have been given a hot water bath. Turn them over so that they become completely dry. The boiled taralli will be placed directly on oven grates, which should be positioned in the middle of the oven.
I was surprised to learn that unlike my mom’s recipe, la Signora Filomena does not slit her taralli.
Bake in a preheated oven at 425° F (220° C) for about 5 minutes; then reduce to 400° F (200° C) for another 10 minutes; reduce again to 375° F (190° C) for another 10 minutes and finally to 350° F (175° C) for another 10-15 minutes, until cracked, golden brown and light. If you find they are getting too dark, place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top. If you prefer more chewy taralli, I would recommend a shorter amount of time, about 8 minutes at all intervals except for the initial one.
La signora Filomena told me that in order for the taralli to puff up, you must learn how to “control the oven temperature… that’s the secret”, she said. Well, you and I both know that every oven is different. It took me three trial runs to get these taralli the way I wanted them to be. So, if at first you don’t succeed try and try again.
As far as the glaze is concerned, it is a simple combination of a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and confectioners sugar… we are basically looking for a spreadable glaze. I used my mom’s recipe for the glaze.
Once the glaze hardens, it becomes glossy. They can be stored at room temperature, lightly covered with wax paper for a couple of weeks.
Easter food traditions we love
- Savoury Easter Cheese Pie
- Italian Easter Sweet Bread
- Pizza Rustica Recipe
- Sweet Ricotta Easter Pie
As was previously mentioned in the Italian Fennel Taralli post, my friend’s mom makes the most amazing taralli. Today, I have shared her recipe and tips on how to make these popular Easter egg taralli. In my humble opinion, these are out of this world! But then again, I have a taralli obsession 😉
If you do decide to give the Best Homemade Italian Easter Egg Taralli di Filomena a try, I would love to hear about it. I will keep you informed on the outcome of these tips and tricks on my mom’s egg taralli recipe.
Wishing you all a great baking week!
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Easter Taralli Cookies
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 eggs room temperature
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl (of stand mixer), with whisk attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the sugar and the oil.
- On low speed, add about ⅓ of the flour mixture.
- Switch to dough hook and incorporate the remainder of the flour.
- Knead for approximately 10 minutes.
- Form into a log; wrap dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes at room temperature (I will usually place a tea towel over the top).
- Cut dough into 5 pieces (work with one piece of dough at a time; keep the rest of the dough covered).
- With thumb and forefinger, pinch the middle to create a hole. Slowly enlarge the hole, while forming a donut shape.
- Continue to form the rest of the dough.
- Bring a large pot of water to a 200°F (what we want is really hot water with a couple of bubbles escaping from the surface).
- Place the taralli in the water and remove with slotted spoon once they rise to the top (about 3-4 minutes). Make sure they do no stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Place on clean tea towel.
- Repeat process until all the taralli have been boiled.
- Place boiled taralli directly on oven grates or on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 425° F (220° C) for 5 minutes; then reduce to 400° F (200° C) for another 10 minutes; reduce again to 375° F (190° C) for another 10 minutes and finally to 350° F (175° C) for another 10-15 minutes, until cracked, golden brown and light to the touch (set oven rack in the center). If you find they are getting too dark, place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top.
- Remove from oven once golden colored.
- Cool completely before glazing.