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Traditionally, sufganiyot (Israeli-style filled doughnuts) eaten during Hanukkah are filled with strawberry or raspberry jam. But these days, you can walk down the streets of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and find them filled with white chocolate, halvah, or pistachio cream, and topped with rainbow sprinkles, drizzles of chocolate, or eggshell-blue and cherry-red glaze.

In that spirit, we’ve developed four original doughnut recipes made with unusual doughs and fillings.

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Mix and match the fillings with the doughs if you really want to get creative, but be sure to sample these creations before serving to friends and family. You wouldn’t want any of these delicious concoctions to go to waste.

And you wouldn’t want to restrict them to Hanukkah celebrations either; they’re too tasty not to make more often.

Sufganiyot with Ginger-Lime Curd

Sufganiyot Hanukkah Doughnuts with Ginger-Lime Curd


The refreshing zest of ginger pairs perfectly with lime’s citrusy notes, offering a summery take on a wintertime classic. Get our Sufganiyot with Ginger-Lime Curd recipe.

Apple Cider Sufganiyot with Salted Caramel

Apple Cider Sufganiyot Hanukkah Doughnuts with Salted Caramel


There’s no denying the sweet and salty amazingness that is salted caramel, but pair it with spicy and sweet apple cider for a treat that is out of this world (no matter the season). Get our Apple Cider Sufganiyot with Salted Caramel recipe.

Mexican Hot Chocolate–Glazed Sufganiyot with Marshmallow Filling

Mexican Hot Chocolate–Glazed Sufganiyot Hanukkah Doughnuts with Marshmallow Filling


Who needs a s’more when you can get your hands on a marshmallow creme-filled, chocolate-glazed doughnut? Needless to say, this sure beats starting a fire and braving nature’s many elements. Get our Mexican Hot Chocolate–Glazed Sufganiyot with Marshmallow Filling recipe.

Chai Sufganiyot with Orange-Pumpkin Buttercream

Chai Sufganiyot with Orange-Pumpkin Buttercream


The pumpkin is obviously the star of this fall favorite with notes of orange. Buttercream frosting is also a drool-worthy replacement to the jellied tradition. There’s just something about frosting that makes celebrating a holiday *so* much better. Get our Chai Sufganiyot with Orange-Pumpkin Buttercream recipe.

Traditional Sufganiyot

sufganiyot (Hanukkah jelly donuts)


Much as we love creative takes, the good old fashioned jelly doughnut will never not be welcome. Especially with a sifting of powdered sugar. Get our Sufganiyot recipe.

For more holiday tips, hacks, and recipes, check out our Hanukkah headquarters.

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