Sufganiyot (Fried Hanukkah Doughnuts)

plate stacked with Sufganiyot (Fried Hanukkah Doughnuts)
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Hands On Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
3 to 4 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus 4 to 6 cups for frying

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

  • powdered sugar, for serving (optional)

  • raspberry jam, caramel sauce, or hot fudge, for serving (optional)


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In another small bowl, whisk together milk, 3 tablespoons oil, eggs, and lemon zest. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. (The batter will be slightly lumpy, like a thick pancake batter.)n

  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees on a thermometer. Line a baking sheet pan with paper towels. Working in batches, carefully drop tablespoonfuls of batter into the oil using a 1u0026frac14;-inch cookie scoop or a tablespoon measure. Cook until deep golden brown and puffed, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet pan. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired, and serve with raspberry jam, caramel sauce, or hot fudge sauce.n

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

100 Calories
8g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Calcium 33mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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