How to Make Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

Jelly doughnuts, also known as sufganiyot, are a traditional Hanukkah dessert. You can enjoy making them as a treat anytime!


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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/4 c. plus 1 tsp. sugar, plus more for dredging
  • 2 tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. seedless raspberry jelly
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 1/2-in. cookie cutter
  • Deep frying thermometer
  • Pastry bag with #4 tip
  • 3 c. olive oil (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Soften butter

    Soften the butter to room temperature.

  2. Step 2

    Make yeast mixture

    Warm up the water, mix in the yeast, and and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes, until it's foamy.

  3. Step 3

    Mix ingredients

    Pile the flour in a mixing bowl and make a crater in the center. Put the yeast mixture, eggs, butter, salt, nutmeg, and remaining sugar into the crater.

  4. Step 4

    Form dough

    Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon until dough forms, and then knead the dough on a floured surface for eight minutes -- until it springs back when you press it.

  5. Step 5

    Cover and let rise

    Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in a warm area to rise until it has doubled in size, an hour to an hour and a half.

  6. Step 6

    Roll dough

    Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it's a 1/4 inch thick. Cut 20 rounds from the dough with the 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Then cover with plastic wrap for 15 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Heat oil

    Heat the oil in a saucepan until it reaches 370 degrees Fahrenheit on your deep frying thermometer.

  8. Substitute olive oil instead of vegetable oil for a more traditional and healthier version.

  9. Step 8

    Fry dough

    Fry the dough rounds, 4 at a time, for about 40 seconds. Transfer them to a paper towel using a slotted spoon.

  10. Step 9

    Coat and fill

    Dredge the doughnuts in sugar to coat them, and make a hole in the side of each with the pastry tip. Use the pastry bag and tip to fill them with jelly. Have a happy Hanukkah and enjoy this delicious Jewish holiday treat.

  11. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds with late November or December on the Western calendar.