Friday, March 08, 2013

Secret Cravings Publishing Delicious Blog Hop

Welcome to Secret Cravings Publishing Delicious Blog Hop. Thirty-five of SCP authors will be sharing their favorite family recipes.  Being Italian-Ameircan we sure love our coffee, espresso and cappuccino, along with a high calorie desert. 

One of my family tradition is Struffoli, aka Honey Balls.  Oh how we love these.  Sometimes we don't even add the honey to them.  We pop them into our mouths like popcorn.



8 Cups  Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup crisco (regular or butter flavored)
1 stick butter
9 eggss
2 Tbs whiskey

Mix all ingredients together with your hands.  Texture is best when on the dry side.  Roll into small balls the size of a nickel. In a deep fryer or macaroni pot, fill 1/3  the way with vegetable oil.   Drop balls in by the spoon fall. Cook slowly until they are golden brown.

You can add honey on the side.



1 1/2 Cups flour
3/4  cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp  baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 Tbs. melted unsalted butter
2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar for rolling balls
1/2 cup confectioners sugar for rolling balls

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder baking powder and salt.  Stir in melted butter (cool) and eggs.  Mix dough until a ball is formed.  Cover and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

Preheat over to 325 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll into balls the size of a quarter.  Roll the ball into sugar and then into confectioners sugar.  Place on cookie sheet about an inch apart, then flatten each ball with the back of a tablespoon.  Bake for 10 minutes..  The cookies will puff up and be slightly cracked. 

For a chance to win a copy of my book - your choice Roses or The Boardwalk, leave a comment along with your email address and tell me what your favorite family treat is.

Both books are available at:  Secret Cravings PublishingAmazon,  and Barnes and Nobles

Continue on the Secret Cravings Delicious Blog Hop.  Stop by and visit at: Secret Cravings Publishing Blog to fill your recipe box with plenty of recipes and prizes.



  1. I'm putting on weight just reading all these fabulous recipes :-)
    sherrygloag@ gmail dot com

  2. I added both books to my wish list! Chocolate Torte or chocolate chip cookies seem to never last long at my house.

  3. The struffoli, definitely. They sound like my favorite Middle Eastern dessert called basbousa--probably all invented in Venice, what? Meredith

  4. I adore this blog.

    )))Corset Hug(((

  5. never heard of these but I'm sure going to try them. They sound divine

  6. Have some xtra time today. My sweet tooth is having a craving. Maybe I will just make the time to try one of these recipes. Off to the kitchen now, so have a good day enjoying your homemade treats. MJP

  7. WOW that's different. I will have to try those sometime when I'm in a cooking mood. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Chocolate sugar cookies

  9. Right now the family fave is the Girl Scout cookies we purchased last month:) Excellent recipes; I'm going to have to try these also!

  10. I love the sound of both recipes, and also love that they are totally unique!


  11. Haven't had Stuffoli since I was little. It brought me back. Great recipes!!

  12. These sound great - I would love to try them! And with a cappuccino of course!

  13. Oh my goodness so many good recipes! YUMMMMMMM

    MinDaf @

  14. Struffoli looks so good. I'll have to try it. I'm a huge fan of cheesecake.

  15. Growing up on Staten Island, I got to enjoy struffoli for dessert at friends' homes. I wished I knew how to make them, and now I do. Thanks, Karen, for sharing. Great recipes.

  16. These look yummy, Karen! And growing up my family loved to eat glazed marble cake.

  17. I never heard of these before. I've been looking for a recipe for a chocolate rum ball, though. I wonder if yours can be modified... I'll have to try the struffoli, though. Sounds interesting and yummy.

  18. Thanks for sharing the recipes, they look yummy.


  19. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by. I love sharing my family recipes. The winners of the Just Desserts Blog are:

    Crystal Benedict and Eva

    I will contact both of them via email.