Doughnut Drops

Also known as Sufganiyot, these are a traditional Hunukkah treat. I found the recipe in a book I got for a wedding present and fell in love with these little guys. They taste just like a home made doughnut, but are about as complicated to make as pancakes.

What you need:
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 TBS melted butter
1 1/2 cups flour
4 tsps baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 (6 oz) pkg chocolate chips, optional (We've tried it both ways and loved both. The chocolate does make a mess of your frying oil though, so if you're the kind of person who likes to reuse your frying oil that's something to think about.)
vegetable oil for frying

What to do:
1. Place eggs in a large bowl and beat until light yellow and slightly thinkened. Add sugar, salt, and butter. Combine flour and baking powder in a separate container.
2. Add flour mixture and milk, alternately, to eggs, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
3. Heat 2-3 inches of oil in a deep-sided pan over medium-high heat. Oil should be hot, 390 degrees on a candy or deep fry thermometer.
4. Drop batter by tsps into hot oil and fry until golden, turning as needed to even the color. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper towels. Allow to cool. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
(We've also sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or dunked them in glaze made with powdered sugar, vanilla, a little butter, and some milk. All three methods are shown in the picture at the top. If you glaze them make sure you drain the excess glaze off so they don't get soggy. I did this by placing them on a wire cooling rack inside a cookie sheet to catch all the drips, as shown in the picture below.)
Makes about 2 dozen.


  1. Yum! Those look really good. I also like how they are the holes. It is hard to cook a regular size round doughnut all the way through. I am adding it to my recipe book!

  2. Those look like pancake puppies! MMMMMmmmm!!!!