Chiacchiere di Carnevale Recipes (Carnival Sweets)

How to prepare easily at home chiacchiere di Carnevale or Lies of Carnival.  I was thinking not to prepare anything to celebrate Carnival because this year it is quite close to Saint Valentine… Too many sweets for me but I changed my mind when I found a this good recipe, that I am going to share with you.

 chiacchiere di carnevale with icing sugar

I realised that would be a shame not to try this recipe. So I did, and as my first time, I am fully satisfied about the result. I can smell the scent of my chiacchiere di carnevale in my Kitchen… So glad that I made my chiacchiere di carnevale 

The Chiacchiere di Carnevale (Lies) are a typical Italian dessert, also called by many other regional names.In my region Marche these carnival sweets are called Chiacchiere di Carnevale as well in Tuscany, while in Rome they are called Frappe. These carnival sweets, also called Lies in Genova, can also be covered with honey, chocolate or ice sugar, washed down with alchermes or pudding served with sweet or sweetened mascarpone and mounted.

They are typical carnival sweets and Have the shape of a strip, sometimes manipulated to form a node (in some areas in fact take the name of bows). Lies or Chiacchiere di Carnevale are made with a mixture of flour that is fried or baked, then dusted with powdered sugar.In ancient Rome, Lies or Chiacchiere di Carnevale were prepared precisely during the period of Carnival.

Carnival is a much celebrated event in Italy. Well-known is the Carnival of  Venice and Viareggio. If you’ve never been there, I suggest you do next year. The atmosphere is amazing; a big party for everyone, adults and children. Meanwhile, in Dublin celebrate it all together with the preparation of my first Chiacchiere di Carnevale! 

Tomorrow will be the last day of Carnival, you are still in time to celebrate Carnival with me. 


  • Flour (500 gr to start the fountain)
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 100 grams of sugar (about 3 heaping tablespoons)
  • 20 grams of butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Oil for frying (at least 1/2 liter)
  • Icing sugar to taste

Ingredients for chiacchiere di carnevale


  • Make a well, then put in the eggs and sugar and beat with a fork, careful not to spill over everything.

make a well for baking chiacchiere di carnevale

  • Add the melted butter, slightly cooled, then the milk, stirring constantly. Add more flour (over 500 g initial) if the mixture is too liquid.

melt butter for chiacchiere di carnevale

  • Continue to knead with your hands and keep adding flour, a little at a time, until the mixture is soft type pastry.

Sweet dough for chiacchiere di carnevale is ready

  • Let stand for about 10 minutes and then roll out thinly with a rolling pin on floured surface.
  • Cut the dough possibly with a corrugated wheel that will make them more graceful.
  • Tip: I used a knife to cut the dough into many strips.
  • I also rerolled each one before I fried them. Tip: If you stretch out the dough very thin, you will get a better result.

roll the sweet pastry for chiacchiere di carnevale

  • Now fry in hot vegetable oil but be careful not to burn them: fry 3 per side and when chiacchiere are golden remove them immediately from the pan. Lay chiacchiere on paper towels and sprinkle with plenty of icing sugar with the strainer thick.

make bow ties and fry chiacchiere di carnevale


  • Tip: Just change the oil darkens.

utensils that you need for chiacchiere di carnevale

serve chiacchiere di carnevale with icing sugar

  • I am sure that your kids and family will love Chiacchiere di Carnevale.

Happy Carnival by Alessandra Simple Recipes

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