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Nocatalli – Italian Christmas Donuts

Christmas time means fresh Nocatalli, an Italian sugar donut, paired with your choice of coffee for dunking, homemade cured sausages or just as is. A memory I have of Nocatalli was from the church Christmas pageant at St.Rita’s. My cousins and I would star in the play and on the show night all the parishioners would bring baking. My nonna always brought the fresh Nocatalli and we would rush to the table post-show to snag a couple.

This is a pretty difficult dessert to make, I joined my mom making them for the first time and couldn’t believe that my nonna’s and aunts would make them by themselves and for the whole family. We used my aunt Teresa Fabrizio’s recipe from her cookbook which features all the traditional goods.

Watch this video to see how it turned out and if you don’t have sugar all over your face like my husband Marco you ain’t doing it right. Recipe below. 🙂


  • Christine McIvor

    Looking forward to receiving new recipes

    December 27, 2019 at 4:36 pm
  • Matt Pizzuti

    Love This!

    February 20, 2020 at 4:38 pm