A plate full of Mamma Nonnas Taralli

Mamma Nonna's Taralli

Mamma Nonna's Taralli is a family recipe for a very simple, unleavened & lightly sweetened snack that has a wonderful crunch.
Course Snack
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian pretzel, Italian snack, Taralli
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 30 servings
Calories 23kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour scant
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt


  • In a small bowl, beat the egg.
  • Continue beating while adding sugar, oil and milk.
  • In the bowl of a food processor or in a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Add egg mixture.
  • Mix on medium speed until combined. Alternately, you can knead by hand.
  • Transfer dough to wooden board and knead gently into a ball. Wrap the dough in cellophane and allow to rest for 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Prepare a pot with boiling water.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Divide dough in thirds (keep rest of dough covered while working the thirds).
  • Flatten the dough with pasta maker attachment (set on number one and on low speed). This is done by folding and re-folding the dough and passing it through the rollers. 
  • Repeat this procedure until the dough is very smooth and shiny (2-3 minutes). Alternately, you can use a rolling pin.
  • Place flat piece of dough on cutting board and cut into thin long strips. I prefer to make my taralli mini so I cut each third in 10 slices.
  • Roll each piece of dough and connect the two ends, forming the shape of taralli. Continue until all dough has been formed.
  • Drop taralli into simmering water. When taralli float to the top, remove with slotted spoon. This will take less than one minute.
  • Set the boiled taralli on a cookie rack to drain properly.
  • Repeat this process with the other two thirds of dough.
  • Place boiled and drained taralli on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° F for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.


I use my food processor and pasta maker attachment of my KitchenAid to complete the kneading process.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 14mg | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg