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Italian Pastry Squares

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Italian Pastry Squares
4 dozen
20 Min

These from-scratch Italian Pastry Squares have a light and buttery vanilla flavor that makes them irresistible. This pastry pairs great with afternoon tea or a fancy dinner. They also make a great potluck bring-along!

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

What to Do

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and butter over high heat until the butter melts. Remove from heat and allow to cool until lukewarm.
  2. Add vanilla and egg; mix well.
  3. Place mixture in a large bowl and gradually mix in flour until well combined. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface until paper thin. Cut into 2-inch-square pieces.
  4. Place 2 inches of oil in a soup pot and heat over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Place 5 to 6 pieces of dough into the hot oil and cook 30 to 40 seconds, or until golden on both sides, turning halfway through the cooking. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.


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I make these using pizza dough from the grocery store. Drizzle with warmed honey and then the powdered sugar.

This sounds like what we get at Olive Garden and we get Raspberry and Chocolate sauce to dip them in. They are to Die for!!!! I mean they are Ohhhh sooooo good!!

I lived near an Italian community. These ladies actually made them for Halloween, made fresh, by the bag full! I thought that I had died and went to heaven! I made them frequently for my kids when they were little.


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