Honey for Wine Cookies and Scalidi

Honeying the cookies is important.  You cannot just pour warm honey on them.   Some recipes on the internet say that approach will work, but it does not.  If you do that, you get a sticky mess.  There is a proper way to honey the cookies and I present it below.  The process is the same for both the wine cookies and scalidi.


5 lbs of honey

3 cups of sugar

1 cup of water


Combine all of the ingredients in a large cooking pot on the stove and heat to a boil over medium-high heat.  Stir to ensure nothing sticks and burns.  This mixture needs to cook for about ten minutes or so.  When the honey starts to boil, it is going to foam up and double in size.  Use a nice deep pot or it will boil over.  Once it foams and boils, turn the heat down and cook it until it  becomes stringy when drizzled off of a spoon.  This is what you are trying to achieve.


Simmer the cookies in the honey for about five minutes stirring them from time to time.

Once you have it cooked, turn down the heat and start adding the cookies in the honey in small batches.  Let them soak in it for a few minutes (I usually let them simmer for five minutes per batch) turning the cookies from time to time.

Take them out and let them dry on a rack or wax paper turning them over to ensure even drying.


Let the cookies cool on a wire rack. Turn them over after fifteen minutes. The Sambuca helps pass the time!

One batch of honey will be adequate for about two batches of cookies.

4 thoughts on “Honey for Wine Cookies and Scalidi

  1. My Grandma (& her daughters) used a mixture of Karo & honey to coat turdidi & scallidi. 1/3 Karo to 2/3 honey. We put the honey into an electric skillet to keep the temperature constant. Since Mom is gone, none of us make these anymore. I’m feeling guilty that I haven’t kept the tradition going.

    • Don’t feel guilty! Make the cookies and teach the next generation! When we came here, they took our language and they took our customs and told us they were “bad”. Our ancestors greatest hope was that we would successfully integrate into American society – and we did! However, there is no reason to NOT keep our traditions. For me, it is a reminder of the sacrifices that those who came before us made so that we could have a better life. Every time I do this I see it as a tribute to those men and women who left their homes to come here, not really for themselves, for us – their children and grandchildren 🙂