“Easter Taralli” – Holiday Recipe by Italian Grandma’ Gina

“Easter Taralli”

Italian Grandma’ Gina

Taralli are toroidal Italian snack foods, common all over the southern half of the Italian Peninsula.


cracker similar in texture to a breadstick, a pretzel, or a sushka, taralli can be sweet or savory. Sweet taralli are sometimes glazed with sugar. Savory taralli may be flavored with onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seedsfennel, pepper, chili or just salt. Sweet and plain taralli are often dunked in wine.

Egg Taralli

Taralli are classically formed into rings or ovals about 10 to 12.5 cm (3.9 to 4.9 in) in circumference. Smaller taralli, called tarallini, with a circumference of 3.8 to 7.8 cm (1.5 to 3.1 in), are sold commercially.


Similar to bagels, they are briefly boiled before being baked, which gives them a very interesting texture. Baked taralli can be kept in an airtight container for several months. 


Taralli is a sweet that was enjoyed by Roseto (Rosetans) during their early years in America after immigrating from Roseto, Italy, beginning as early as 1882. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, “Sweets such as biscotti and taralli used to be reserved for Christmas and Easter; in Roseto they were eaten year-round.” 



A variation can be made by deep-frying a sweet version of the rings and serving them with a sweet dessert wine. Fried taralli do not keep well and should be eaten quickly.



Ingredients for one commercially sold tarallini brand: wheat flouryeastwaterolive oilfennel seed, black peppersalt, anise flavor.


  • 2lbs 13oz Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 12 extra large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Anisette Liqueur
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt Glaze/Icing:
  • -Juice from 1 Lemon –