2 cups muscatel or any sweet white wine
1 cup oil
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5-6 cups flour
½ cup honey
½ tablespoon sweet white wine
In a large pot over high heat boil wine and oil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, salt and cinnamon until sugar is dissolved.
Gradually add flour 1 cup at a time until dough holds together and is not too sticky.
Pull off chunks of dough and roll into a rope about 2 inches in diameter. Cut into pieces about the size of a golf ball. Roll each piece along a small washboard or potato masher to create grooves.
Heat oil in a deep pot to 375 degrees. Fry cookies 4 minutes. Lay cookies on paper towel and let cool 10 minutes.
For the glaze (optional): Heat honey and wine in small saucepan until warm. Brush cooled cookies with honey mixture, if desired.
Once cooled, store in an airtight container
Makes 4½ dozen.