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Dreidel Donut Bar

Does anyone else have the custom of a donut each day on Chanukah? Just kidding, that's not actually our custom, but we definitely like to incorporate some donut days into our Chanukah week of fun and family!

So here's another twist to donut making. Use a Chanukah-themed cookie cutter to get adorable donut designs. You can choose make the donuts with everyone, and have fun shaping and frying. Then proceed to step #2, the donut bar, adding fillings and toppings and then enjoying the delicious creations.

You can also choose to prep this activity in advance, making the donuts earlier, or a few days in advance (and freeze them), and then have your family enjoy the fun creative part, the donut bar.

Whichever way you go, I'm sure you will get laughs and smiles and an addition to the family memories.

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Donut dough (recipe below)

  • Cookie cutters

  • Fillings (I used custard and jam. Feel free to add some more)

  • Piping bag or syringe

  • Chocolate frosting

  • Sprinkles and Toppings

Donut Recipe:

1 tablespoon dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar

3/4 cup apple juice

6 tablespoons oil

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups flour

(Oil for frying)


Place the warm water in a bowl with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the water mixture and let it sit for five minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Cover the dough and allow the dough to rise for an hour and a half.

Once the dough has risen. Cut two large pieces of parchment paper. Dust the surface of one parchment paper with flour. Place a piece of dough on the parchment paper, sprinkle some flour, and then place the second piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough (over the parchment paper) until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.

Next, take your cookie cutter and cut out shapes. Remove the scraps (reuse the scraps), and allow the donuts to rise for another 15 minutes.

Prepare a pot of hot oil. Allow the oil to come to 350 degrees F. Carefully, drop in a few donuts. Allow the donuts to become golden brown, then flip the donuts over. Once both sides are golden brown, remove the donuts from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil. The donuts should cool completely before starting to decorate them.

And now you are ready for the fun part!!

Set the table with the frosting, fillings and toppings and get ready for everyone to have fun creating their own donuts!

Use a knife to poke a small hole on the side of the donuts for the filling to enter.

Fill the donuts with your favorite filling.

Spread frosting over the top of the donut.

Add sprinkles and you are done!! Eat and enjoy!!

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