Taralli Italian Egg Cookies

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Baking Time

15 minutes




  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 ½ C sugar
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 6 ½ C flour, sifted


Place the beaten eggs in a large bowl. Add the oil and sugar gradually, mixing continuously with a wooden spoon. Add the milk, vanilla, salt, lemon extract and baking powder, add enough flour to make a firm but soft dough. Mix until smooth, but do not overwork the dough. Lightly flour your hands. Break off a small piece of dough and roll it into a sausage shape about a ½ inch in diameter. Shape it into a ring, joining the ends firmly. You can also make other shapes, figure 8’s, knots, script “e” shape, etc. Just make sure that the cookies on each sheet are all about the same size and thickness so that they will bake evenly. Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Set on a rack to cool.