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Italian Wine Cookies

Italian Wine CookiesThese traditional Italian Wine Cookies are quick and easy to make. Perfect for your holiday gatherings.
These traditional Italian Wine Cookies are quick and easy to make. Perfect for your holiday gatherings. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

These traditional Italian Wine Cookies are quick and easy to make. Perfect for your holiday gatherings. From www.bobbiskozykitchen.com #cookies #Italian #wine
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
I know everybody says it, but I am serious when I say that Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Family, food, and fun? How can you go wrong with that? I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas’ past. Going way (and I mean waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay) back to my childhood, then fast forward to my kids being little, and up to today. It seems that every year has something new and special to experience. 

What about this year?

Well, Kevin and I are celebrating the fact that we are going to be grandparents for the first time. Ya I know, huge…HUGE!!

But if I start at the beginning, there is my Grandmother. Apron on, in her kitchen, fabulous smells of freshly baked bread, pies, and the most amazing cookies, filling the house. If I close my eyes I can see it like I was there. As a kid, I just couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen with her. I am not sure what I liked more, licking the spoons and beaters or helping with the baking!

Fast forward to my kids being little. I was so excited to carry on the tradition with them. Cookies, fudge, bread, and jams, were what my kitchen was filled with for the entire month. We would carefully pack baskets for family and friends, wrap them up, and tie them up with a huge bow. The kids would carry them as we walked around the neighborhood delivering our baskets of goodies. I think they were just as excited to see the smiling faces as I was. I was so proud to see them feel the spirit of giving VS gimme gimme gimme!

So baking is a tradition that has carried over, even though my kids are all grown up and have moved out on their own. We pick a day (or several) to get together, bake what seems like a million cookies, and just enjoy each other’s company. 

We, of course, have the holiday traditional favorites. Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle. But we also like to try a new recipe each year. Sometimes they become new favorites that carry over to the next year. Some of those recipes are my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, Chai Sugar Cookies, and White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rum Soaked Craisins. We all love them and can’t imagine a holiday baking session without them. 


This year we enjoyed a new addition to our tradition. After the treats were baked (and the kitchen was clean of course!), we all sat down to a plate of cookies and a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Holiday Blends wine. Their Holiday White Blend has hints of caramel and apple. My daughter is a huge fan of Gallo’s Moscato , so the White Blend was her favorite by far. Kevin, my son, and I all love their Merlot, so the Holiday Red Blend with its light flavors of chocolate and mixed berries was the perfect wine for us. It was the perfect end to a wonderful day together.

This year, in addition to these Italian Wine Doughnut Cookies, our holiday gift baskets will include a bottle of these fabulous wines so everyone else can start new holiday traditions just like we did!


Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Italian Wine Cookies

These traditional Italian wine cookies are quick, easy, and not too sweet. Perfect for your holiday spread!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 20 mins


  • 1 cup of granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil 
  • 1 cup of Gallo Family Vineyards Caramel Apple White Wine 
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour *See Notes 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar (raw sugar)


  1. Pour sugar, oil and wine in a bowl and stir until the sugar melts. Begin to incorporate the flour, little by little, using a wooden spoon. After the first cup of flour, add the baking powder, then continue adding flour until the dough is very smooth and plastic-like. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  3. Place the turbinado sugar in a small shallow dish. Take small amounts of dough (about the size of a walnut), roll them in the shape of small sausages and then roll them in turbinado sugar. Shape into a “doughnut” and place on the baking pan. 
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes; remove them from the oven as soon as they get a slight golden color on the top. Let them cool down and store them in an airtight container.


Mix in the flour cup by cup until the dough becomes very smooth and plastic-like.
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  1. Bobbi, I do the same with my holiday baking. There are certain cookies and candies I must make, but it's fun to shake it up a bit. Your doughnut cookies sound amazing! I wish I had a tin in MY kitchen 🙂

  2. Where have donut cookies been all my life??? These are a must for my holiday baking now.

  3. I've never heard of Italian wine doughnut cookies before but now I'm going to have to try them. I'll be the Gallo caramel apple white wine was the perfect addition!
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  4. Wow! I never saw donuts like this. What a great idea and the recipe looks pretty easy! I have to try these!

  5. Congratulations on your impending new family addition! Yay! And congratulations on making some fantastic-looking doughnuts!

  6. These are right up my alley! I want to make these next week. And many congrats on pending grandma-hood. You'll love it. We have seven now, amazingly. It is so fun!!!

  7. Wow, these look very similar to ones my grandmother made. But in Malta they are called coch. cookies.

  8. My family is Italian and I adore wine cookies! Yours are so simple ! I must try them.

  9. Love these, because you can flavor them so many different ways depending on the wine you use!

  10. These look so delicious and sound so easy! And I like your new tradition 🙂

  11. Thanks Liz! We have been enjoying them as a treat with our coffee in the AM

  12. I know Renee! I loved that I stumbled across them.

  13. I hadn't until I found them on the internet Renee. Now I am so glad I did!

  14. They are actually more of a donut shaped cookie, but whatever you want to call them, they are good 🙂

  15. Thanks Susan!! I am soooo excited!

  16. I love how recipes vary by where they originate. I had never heard of anything like this until I did a search online. So glad I found them!

  17. I am so glad I found them Dorothy!

  18. Yes, I made some with the red wine too!

  19. Wow – I can just imagine how delicious a wine doughnut cookie would be … I must find out for myself.

  20. WHOA!!! A Wine Doughnut Cookie?! Where have these been all my life?!

  21. First, congratulations! 🙂 Your description of your Grandmother, apron and all sounds like mine. I must try these doughnut cookies soon!

  22. They are wonderful Isabel! More than a crispy biscuit than a doughnut, but perfect for dunking in hot coffee or tea (or more wine!) 🙂

  23. Tada!! I found them Marion 🙂 hehe

  24. Thanks so much Cindy! I hope I can be half the grandmother that mine was!!

  25. I loved reading about your time in the kitchen with your grandmother as well as with your kids. How special that you live close enough to still do this with them. And…CONGRATULATIONS Grandma-To-Be!!

    Kudos on the creativity and deliciousness of your doughnut cookies.

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