You are here

Crostoli (Italian Bow Tie Cookies)

This recipe belongs to my Aunt Carmella and I love these cookies.  I mean how could you not love a cookie that's deep-fried and drizzled with honey.  My aunt would always make these for Christmas and Easter so I had never really tried making them myself - why would you when you have an expert making them. Sadly, my aunt moved away and I haven't had these cookies in a few years. This year, I decided that it was time to carry on this cookie tradition and try to make them myself. Below is my first attempt at making these wonderful, light, crispy, deep-fried, honey-drizzled cookies. The recipe is not too difficult if you use a pasta machine to roll out your dough. But if you don't have a pasta machine, be prepared for a workout. And honestly, I can't imagine making them if I had to roll the dough with a rolling pin.



  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour



Step 1: In a bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, lemon zest, and sugar. 
Step 2: Sift together flour and baking powder. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour wet ingredients into center and gradually work in. 
Step 3: Knead until you have a stiff dough. The dough should not be sticky. Let dough rest for 20 minutes.
Step 4:  Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll the dough into very thin strips using a pasta machine. I rolled the dough to setting 6 on my pasta machine.
Step 5: Cut and shape into bow ties.
Step 6: Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 375 degrees F. Drop bow tie shape cookie in the heated oil and deep fry until golden. Drizzle honey over cookies while still warm.



Thanks for My cousin's wonderful Christmas Recipe.

We used to make these but with a sticky fig sauce over top. Have never seen them anywhere.

Have far in advance can these cookies be made? Will they keep 2-3 days?

Hi Pat, At least a week in advance. They still taste great after a week.

Been looking for cookies / pasta roller to make honey balls and bowties for the Christmas holidays! And celebrating our Saints s day also...

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.