How do you like your wine? How about in a cookie? Introducing: WINE COOKIES! Also known as Taralli in Italy, they are bite-sized morsels of deliciousness!

The recipe which uses red wine, has origins in the centre of Italy, and has many variations which can be made sweet or savoury! In sweet version, the simple recipe with just four ingredients and barely any measuring needed.
1 x cup red wine
½ cup sugar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
5 cups flour
Plate full of white sugar
Wine cookies have a very important ingredient…. wine! Let’s start by pouring a glass of red wine into a large mixing bowl. Next add ½ glass sugar to the bowl and mix together well before pouring in the extra virgin olive oil and stirring it through.

The next step to making delicious wine cookies is adding in the flour. Add this one cup at a time, and mix really well as you go. You will notice that the mixture gets creamier, and eventually, it all comes together to make the wine cookies dough.

Once the dough has formed, it should be soft but not too sticky. Remove it from the bowl and place it on to a large chopping board and gently knead it by pressing it gently and rolling forward and back then folding it over a few times.
Prepare a large baking tray by lining it with baking paper and pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Cut a small piece of the wine cookies dough and begin to roll it out, using one hand first, and then both hands.

Once you have rolled it into a long piece, cut a short strip, then roll this around your index finger forming a ring-like shape so that the two ends slightly overlap.

Create as many wine cookies as you possibly can with the dough you have, then pick each one up and press one side gently into the plate filled with white sugar, transferring each one onto your baking tray. Once the tray is full, place it filled with wine cookies into the oven to cook for between 20-25 minutes.

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