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Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)

Happy Hanukkah from me to Jew (and everyone else ofc!!!) 🕎 This recipe reminds me of childhood 🥰 this was the one time of the year that my mom would let us deep fry in the house so we would make SO MANY sufganiyot 😂 And this year was my first time making it with my boyfriend which was extra special 💕

Anyways! If anyone has any other fun Hanukkah recipes let me know- I usually only make latkes and jelly donuts but I’d love to try something new!

Also, is it Hanukkah or Chanukah? And donuts or doughnuts?

<Makes 24 doughnuts>


My mom has been playing with the recipe for years and has recommended a few slight adjustments. I will distinguish the difference by putting the original first and including the my mom's notes in parenthesis.

My moms recommendation (the original)

  • Dough (same quantities by hand or in a machine)

  • 2/3 cup of milk (153g)

  • 1/3 cup water (60g)

  • 1/2 stick softened butter (50g)

  • 1 egg

  • 3 cups flour (420g)

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • (1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

  • 2.5 tsp yeast (regular or quick acting)

  • Filling

  • Strawberry jam (or any kind of jam/jelly/cream filling)

  • Cooking

  • Make sure you have enough oil to fill a large pot (any kind of veggie oil)


  1. First, let's prepare the dough. Add the milk, water, butter, egg, and vanilla (optional) to a large mixing bowl. Mix until smooth. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and knead for 5-10 minutes or until there are no lumps).

  2. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 2 hours.

  3. Roll out the dough to be 1/2 inch thick. Grab something circular and use it to cut the dough. Cover the dough and let sit for another 1 hour.

  4. Bring a large pot of oil to about 350F. Adjust the heat as you fry the doughnuts to keep the temperature around 350F (whenever you add more dough the temp will drop slightly because its colder than the oil). Also, another mom tip, add a carrot into the oil to help keep the dough from burning.

  5. Drop the dough in the hot oil and cook for 1.5 minutes; flip the doughnut and cook for another 1.5 minutes.

  6. Once slightly cooled, fill the doughnut with a piping tube if you have one, or cut a slit in the side and use a spoon like we did in the video.

  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy. Happy Hanukkah/Chanukah!


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