Save on Pinterest


Our Sicilian grandmother often had my sister and me roll out the dough for these tasty torcetti. Their melt-in-your-mouth goodness is delicious without being overly sweet.—Joy Quici, Upland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup 2% warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Place flour in a large bowl; cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. In another large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla and 2 cups of the crumb mixture; beat until well blended. Gradually beat in remaining crumb mixture.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 3-4 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide into 6 portions. Shape each portion into twelve 6-in. ropes about 1/4 in. thick; roll in confectioners' sugar. Shape each rope into a loop. Holding both ends of loop, twist together 3 times.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Roll warm cookies in additional confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 102 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Kari
    Jun 6, 2020

    Based on reading the recipe I intend to make them and they look delicious. I wonder if there is a substitute for shortening? I'd prefer not to use it even though I know most old time ago recipes call for it.

  • Lisa
    Dec 13, 2019

    I never leave reviews but felt the need to after someone mentioned them being bland and crumbling. That person must have done something wrong because I made them today and they are so delicious! They are officially added to our Christmas baking list!!

  • zelda2011
    Oct 26, 2015

    sounds wonderful i am going to make them for the holidays