Fried Italian bow knot cookies are a staple in our house at Christmas. We called them bows, and both my Neapolitan grandmas made them. I have fond memories of making these with my grandma and my mom and have written about these Neapolitan treats before.
Maria Lo Pinto’s recipe for farfallette in her Art of Italian Cooking cookbook is a good recipe for these. The one pictured below is my grandma’s copy of the cookbook. I’ve also seen bows called crostoli, guanti or cenci, so a recipe under any of these names would be the same thing.