We love us some Hanukkah. Candles, family, friends, gifts...what’s not to love? But hands down our favorite thing about Hanukkah is the food. While latkas reign supreme here in America (and we do adore fried potatoes and onions), we are actually even bigger fans of sufganiyot. These golden, jam-filled fried pastries are the traditional Hanukkah dessert and are ubiquitous in Israel. Though they do occasionally make an appearance here in the US as jelly donuts, that just doesn't do them justice.

Below is a recipe from our Aunts, Dorit and Lily. They make these addictive treats every year during Hanukkah, and they are perfect.

Here is the original recipe:


And, luckily for you, we've translated it below:


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ stick margarine or ¼ cup of canola oil
  • “A drop” of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups of flour
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Syringe
  • Jam and/or Nutella (for filling)
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Add warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a large bowl and let stand for 5 minutes to proof
  2. Mix in the remaining sugar, eggs, oil, orange juice, vanilla, and flour
  3. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise for at least ½ hour
  4. Roll our dough to approximately 1-inch thick
  5. Use a cup or circle cookie cutter to cut rounds out of the dough  
  6. Allow rounds to rest for at least ½ hour on an oiled surface/parchment paper
  7. Meanwhile, heat about 2 inches of oil in a high-walled pan or pot to medium-high heat
  8. Drop 3-4 rounds into your pan at a time
  9. Fry until golden brown on one side and then flip 
  10. Remove from the oil once golden brown on both sides  
  11. Let rest on a paper towel for about 1 minute
  12. Inject each round of dough with jam or Nutella
  13. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve



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