Got leftover wine from a dinner party or special occasion? It may daunt you the thought of drinking that bottle alone but you really don’t want to throw it away. Well, do not worry! The Italians have an amazing use for leftover wine: bake with it!
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Gather some of the ingredients you already have in your pantry and use your leftover wine alongside it to make these simple but tasty Italian wine cookies.
These cookies originally came from the south of Rome, having a long history of being passed down through generations. It is quite a basic recipe, the dough being quite simple, to suit any Roman family, rich or poor. All they needed were wine, sugar, oil, salt and flour.
Another plus to this recipe aside from using up your leftover wine is that it works with any kind of dry wine, red or white, the only difference will be in flavor, but only slight.
These cookies aren’t full of sugar either, so if you’re on a health kick, they won’t be too bad! They’re donut-shaped and are more like biscuits. You can enjoy them as a snack or dip them in milk or coffee, as the Italians would do.
1/2 cup dry white or red wine
1/2 cup seed or canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
What To Do
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix wine, oil, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl
3. Add the flour gradually, while stirring to combine until it forms into a dough and starts to hold its shape. Knead with hands if needed.
4. Roll 1/2-inch balls of the dough into a snake-shaped cylinder and then connect the ends, making a donut shape.
5. (Optional) You can then dip or sprinkle with extra sugar if you want them to be sweeter.
6. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned.