Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso)

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Red Wine Cookies, also known as taralli in Italy, are one of my favorite Italian baked delights and so delicious!

The recipe which uses red wine has been in our family from Rome, Italy for many years.

Now through the years, I have viewed many variations to this kind of cookie from sweet to savory.

Ours is rolled in white granulated sugar before baking to add just the right sweetness.

We love all kinds of authentic Italian cookies and besides these being on top of the list of our favorites, you may also like our Italian Anisette Biscotti.

The family also enjoys Pistachio Biscotti, Orange Marmalade Biscotti, and a festive Cranberry Orange Biscotti that are all perfect fall treats.

These are so easy to make and totally addicting.

I have to tell you in this photo has my Grandma's wine glass from 1976 when she passed away and it was already 70 years old.

The wine bottle is the last bottle my bottle John gave me before he passed away in 2019 and both so very precious to me!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for this authentic delicious Italian Red Wine Cookie Recipe.

these are an round Italian cookie made with red wine and coated in sugar in a glass dish with a bottle of chianti and more cookies i n the background

sugar coated red wine cookies on a glass pedestal and in a footed gold etched dish

Red Wine Cookies

I can't think of a better way to use up leftover red wine than making these sweet delicious cookies.

A vintage recipe that our mom made for every party and since it was a little on the pink side, it's a festive looking holiday cookie on our cookie tray.

A truly authentic style cookie her mom made when she was growing up and the recipe is over 100 years old.

The cookies are soft inside and crunchy sweet on the outside. Totally delicious anytime but surely goes great after dinner with a glass of the rest of that red wine we used in these.

Totally delicious anytime but surely goes great after dinner with a glass of the rest of that red wine we used in this recipe.

this is a single circle ring red wine cookie rolled in white sugar


  • use a dry red wine like Chianti, Merlot, Cabernet
  • you can make ropes and cut if you're in a hurry
  • do not over bake the cookies
  • leave them plain if you prefer less sweetness
  • always store in airtight containers
  • these cookies freeze perfectly
  • use mason jars for gift-giving
  • add granulated sugar on before baking if preferred
  • always preheat the oven
  • flour your hands while making ropes and circles
  • bake on parchment paper for easy removal

this is the dough to make a red wine Italian cookie

Tips and Ideas

  1. roll in green sugar for Christmas 
  2. these are a great after-dinner treat with a glass of wine
  3. rolled in powdered sugar after baking can also be used
  4. keep them in an airtight container
  5. topped with colored sugars or sprinkles for any party or holiday theme

this is a collage of the dough and how to make Italian Red Wine Cookies

Ingredients You Will Need(scroll down to the printable recipe card for exact measurements)

  • dry red wine
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • flour
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • more white sugar for rolling in

this is the dry ingredients in a glass bowl for making red wine cookies


  1. parchment paper
  2. baking sheet
  3. knife
  4. measuring cups
  5. measuring spoons
  6. bowl
  7. spatula
  8. mixing spoons

this is the olive oil and Merlot red wine in the bowl of flour to mix in to make cookies

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Addicting Cookies

Wine Cookies Ciambelle al Vino Rosso, are a perfect addition to Fall.
Light, crunchy, Italian. fast, easy, made with wine what can be better for wine lovers?

Seriously, once you try these you will be addicted they're so delicious.

I always have to make a double batch everyone loves these and they surely make a great little gift package for your wine lovers around the holiday.

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso)

Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso)

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Red Wine Cookies (Ciambelline al Vino Rosso) are the best way to use up leftover dry red wine. The best thing of all is these Italian crunchy sweet cookies are addicting and so delicious.


  • 3 - 1/2  cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt,
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Merlot or Cabernet Red Wine
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light olive oil ( I use light extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 or more cups of white granulated sugar for rolling them in before baking
  • Optional: Whole almonds or pistachios for garnishing in the middle
  • Note: this recipe can be doubled with no problem.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the flour sugar salt and baking powder in a large bowl and combine.
  3. Stir in the oil and wine until evenly blended.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured board and make ropes cutting  4 inches long and  1/2 inch thick pieces and then making circle rings, twists, fish shapes,  or just leave them as sticks if you like.
  6. Dip them on both sides with the granulated sugar.
  7. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and baked them in the preheated oven at 350 degrees.
  8. When the bottoms look caramelized slightly and they are a golden color they are done.
  9. This takes approximately 20 minutes or longer.
  10. Cool completely and store in thick freezer locking bags or an airtight container.



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