If cookies are a Christmas tradition, so is wine. And Nancy Trombino, of Cape May, sent in a 12 Days of Cookies contest-winning recipe that brings together cookies and wine — and brings in a longtime tradition in the family of her husband, Al. They can trace these Italian wine cookies at least back to Al’s mother’s mother, who was born Elizabeth Filippelli in Cosenza, Italy, in 1887 and later came to America.

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“He was brought up on these Italian cookies,” Nancy said, but the tradition of Dordidas — it’s pronounced “door-deeds — seems to be in trouble outside this family. “We’ve looked for years in cookbooks and on the Internet (for recipes), and you can’t find it.”

The family’s own recipe, made for decades by Al’s mother, Elvina Trombino — now age 102 — includes a full cup of red wine. But Nancy said you don’t really taste the wine in the finished product, which includes the steps of deep-frying the cookies, then dipping them in honey after they’re fried.

Yes, the recipe takes time, said Nancy, the chief financial officer of A.F. Trombino & Associates, a health-care consulting company, but, she added, it’s “worth the work.”

Worked as a reporter for various weekly newspapers in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties before joining The Press many moons (and editors) ago as a business copy editor. Passionate about journalism, averse to serial commas.

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