Hanukkah Doughnut Recipes

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Rating: 3.8 stars
Sufganiot (doughnuts) filled with sweet cheese or preserves. Perfect for Hanukkah. For a change from cheese-filled suphganiot, inject some with teaspoons of jam.

Jelly Doughnuts

Rating: 4.33 stars
You can use any flavor of jelly or jam to make this recipe. Serve plain, sugared, or frosted.

Yeast Doughnuts

Rating: 3.65 stars
These light and airy doughnuts make a terrific treat for the holidays. You may dip them in chocolate glaze or add candy sprinkles if you wish.

Cheese Fritters

Rating: 4.53 stars
These fritters are made with cheese then fried in oil, so they are a perfect addition to your Hanukkah table. Serve them hot with jam on the side.

Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts

Rating: 4.64 stars
I have tried so many versions of glazed doughnuts, and this one finally came out perfect! Just like the ones at my favorite doughnut shop.


Rating: 4.65 stars
A traditional New Orleans-style recipe for their famous beignets! Grab a cafe au lait and you're set!

Samoan Panikeke

Rating: 4.64 stars
My brothers and I used to eat this when we were younger. They're a lot like doughnuts but with the added fun of topping them with your favorite toppings. After a while of not having these, I started making them on my own for my family, and I enjoy them as much today as I did back then!

Thera's Canadian Fried Dough

Rating: 4.83 stars
If you have ever been in Canada, especially Ottawa, Ontario, we have a pastry called BeaverTails® -- a whole-wheat pastry, fried and covered in an assortment of goodies. These have also been called pigs' ears. Over the years I have perfected the recipe to the point where I and my friends no longer go out to get them. I just make 'em at home! Enjoy, EH!

Chef John's Apple Fritters

Rating: 4.69 stars
I didn't think I liked apple fritters, but turns out I just don't like chunks of almost raw apple, surrounded by a doughnut. Maybe I've just been going to the wrong shops, but I've never enjoyed the texture, and always wanted to try them with cooked apples.

Costas French Market Doughnuts (Beignets)

Rating: 4.61 stars
As kids, we always put in a heart-filled request for these on Christmas Eve. It was quite a family affair - my mom would make up the dough, my dad would roll them out and cut them and then after frying them up, us kids would take turns shaking them in a paper bag with powdered sugar! I finally got to go to New Orleans and I was excited to get to try 'the real thing' at the famous Cafe Du Monde...I was SO HAPPY because my husband and I both said our recipe was a near carbon copy of CAFE DU MONDE! We've made this recipe for over 40 years and I promise it won't disappoint!


Rating: 4.32 stars
Aloha! Here in Hawaii, malasadas are the ONLY donuts we have! They are sold at fundraisers and are very popular. There are many Portuguese descendants in the islands. Onolicious!

Glazed Yeast Doughnuts

Rating: 3.81 stars
Yeast doughnuts covered with glazed icing... even better than the store bought ones! Easy and fun to make.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pumpkin Sufganiot with Cranberry Jelly

Rating: Unrated
"This dough is very forgiving, [so you can work] in batches and fry the doughnuts when it's convenient for you." – gremolata

Sufganiyot (Video)

See how to make these five-star doughnuts rolled in powdered sugar.

Dad's Breakfast Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars

This is my dad's version of scones. It is a dough like cinnamon roll dough and it is fried in hot oil. Very good Sunday treat. Served with honey, jam or sprinkled with powdered sugar.