Easy Sufganiyot Recipe

Easy Sufganiyot Recipe

I created this easy sufganiyot recipe several years back and it has made all of our soft and crispy dreams come true. I have used this to make jelly donuts with my kids every year for Hanukkah and sometimes as treats through out the year.

What are sufganiyot?

Sufganiyot are jelly donuts traditionally made in Israel for the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. They are fried in oil just like the other traditional Hanukkah food potato latkes. The oil reminds us of the miracle that one day’s worth of oil lasted eight nights during the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the story of Hanukkah.

Learn more about the story of Hanukkah.

How to make sufganiyot easy:

I use pre-made dough to make my sufganiyot. Store bought pizza dough and refrigerator dough both work great. One of my tricks is to use a thermometer to get your oil the right temperature. I also roll out the dough to make sure that the middles get cooked all the way.

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Easy Sufganiyot Recipe

Easy Sufganiyot Recipe

  • Author: Everyday Jewish Mom
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Hanukkah
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Jewish


Sufganiyot are jelly donuts that are a traditional Hanukkah treat in Israel. This shortcut recipe for sufaganiyot uses premade dough and creates a beautiful and decedent result.


  • 1 ball store bought  pizza dough or refrigerator biscuit dough
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jelly (ok, any flavor jelly or even Nutella)
  • Oil for frying


  1. Prepare Dough
    • Pizza dough: Allow your dough to warm up on the counter for 30 mins to an hour. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and use round cookie cutter to cup out circles of dough.
    • Biscuit dough: flatten and stretch a bit
  2. Pour about 2 inches of oil into a walled frying pan.  Warm the oil to about 350 degrees.  I recommend using a candy thermometer.
  3. While it’s heating, put sugar into a shallow bowl
  4. Scoop 1/2 cup of raspberry jam into the corner of a large plastic bag and snip off a small portion of the corner to make a pastry bag.
  5. Place 2 or 3 rounds of dough into the pan at a time.  Flip once the bottom side is lightly brown.  Be careful not to over cook.
  6. When both sides are cooked, place onto paper towels, then toss in the granulated sugar.
  7. Using a long skewer, make a whole in one side of the donut and wiggle it around to create a cavity inside.
  8. Squeeze the raspberry jam into the whole in the donut.  Don’t be scared to put to much in.  
  9. Remember the dough is not sweet, so the filling is key.
  10. Eat them!  Just like everything fried, they’re better hot.

Keywords: Hanukkah Sufganiyot

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Once you make this easy sufganiyot recipe, check out some of these other Hanukkah posts:

Hanukkah TV Episodes for Kids 2020 – This time of year there are a lot of Christmas episodes of kids TV shows. Luckily, there are also some great Hanukkah episodes as well. This blog post has links to find all of the Hanukkah episodes as well as giving a summary of the episode.

What is Hanukkah – This blog post and video covers everything you need to know about Hanukkah. It explains what Hanukkah is, how we celebrate, and of course what we eat.

How to Play Dreidel Printable – Play the classic Hanukkah game of dreidel with this easy to follow free printable. It is perfect if you need a refresher, for Hanukkah parties with non-Jewish friends, or multi-cultural lesson plans.

Hanukkah Zoom Backgrounds – Do some digital decorating for your work holiday party or virtual family get togethers. The backgrounds are free to download, so share and enjoy!

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      1. Can you specify a bit more, which type of pre-made dough has served you the best as far as taste and fluffiness? Hate to bring these to Chanukah and have them taste anything but super yummy! Happy upcoming holidays to all…

      2. My current favorite is actually refrigerated crescent roll dough. I trim it with scissors to make it more circular. The danger with these is less that they won’t taste good and much more that they won’t cook in the middle.

  9. I know deep frying is traditional, but could these be modified to be baked? Say, maybe rubbed with oil and baked in muffin tins? I’m trying to come up with beginner-friendly recipes for a friend wanting to reconnect with her Jewish heritage, and I’m trying to learn about Hanukkah food as I am not Jewish myself.

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