Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts)


Oliebollen are Dutch pastries similar to doughnuts. These deep-fried treats are typically filled with raisins and dusted with powdered sugar. Some modern variations are served with berry filling, but this is a traditional recipe. Oliebollen are a popular treat on New Year's. Eat them hot if possible!

close up view of of a pile of Oliebollen (Dutch Doughnuts)
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
1 dozen


  • 1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm milk

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 large egg

  • ¾ cup dried currants

  • ¾ cup raisins

  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored and finely chopped

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Break up compressed yeast and stir into warm milk. Let stand for a few minutes to dissolve.

  2. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in yeast mixture and egg until smooth. Stir in currants, raisins, and apple. Cover the bowl and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Use two metal spoons to shape scoops of dough into 12 balls. Drop them carefully into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove doughnuts with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

  5. Dust doughnuts with confectioners' sugar. Transfer to a serving platter and dust with more confectioners' sugar.


The doughnuts should be soft and not greasy. If the oil is not hot enough, the outsides will be tough and the insides will be greasy.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
9g Fat
46g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 240mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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