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Makes about 4 dozen.

These Italian pastries are known world wide by different names, but same recipe. Italy: cenci, wanda, gnocchi, pasta frolla France: bugnes Poland: krusciki Spain: Pastel Japan: Karinto


  • 2 cups flour
    2 eggs
    2 egg yolks
    2 teaspoons dark rum
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    oil for frying
    icing sugar


  • Combine all the ingredients. Knead 10 minutes. Refrigerate 1 hour. Roll out small pieces of dough until paper thin.
    Use pasta maker if available. It is easier.
    Cut into pieces of about 3 -inches long of various shapes.

    Preheat oil to 375°; fry cookies until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cookies are best served the same day.
Italian Christmas pastries

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