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Traditional Hanukkah Recipes

Make Soofganiot--the Hanukkah Doughnut

There are special Hanukkah recipes that are made only at this time of year in most Jewish homes. Try our soofganiot recipe for a "taste of Israel" at Hanukkah time.

Hanukkah Recipes

Soofganiot are the Hebrew answer to jelly doughnuts. Fried in oil, as a tribute to the Hanukkah miracle (read our story of Hanukkah) they're fattening, but you have to eat at least one!

Here is one recipe of this holiday favorite.


  • 25 grams yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups flour
  • 50 grams melted margarine
  • dash salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups water and milk mixed together or all water (room temperature)
  • oil
  • powdered sugar

Instructions for Making the Dough

  • Combine yeast, 1 T sugar, 1T water and 1 T flour in a bowl
  • Mix well, cover, and wait until it rises.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, melted margarine, salt, sugar and egg yolks
  • Add yeast mixture to this and mix
  • Slowly add water/milk while stirring
  • When batter is smooth, cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit and rise

Instructions for Frying the Doughnuts

  • Heat oil in a deep pot until very hot
  • Drop the doughnuts into the oil and fry on both sides until brown
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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    In Israel, we take a syringe filled with strawberry jam and inject it into the doughnut. When you bite into the soofgania, you find this jam in the middle. Delicious!

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