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Samoa Sufganiyot (Chanukah Donuts)

Samoa Sufganiyot

We’re quite a few month out from Girl Scout Cookie Season, but there’s no reason we can’t enjoy our favorite flavors throughout the year. I received a box of goodies from Crafted Kosher, and in it were these divine (and I mean DIVINE) Cocomels. They are parve (non-dairy) caramels (though they are made on dairy equipment). I also got a bar of Hammonds Dark Chocolate, and thought I could use it to make some chocolate pastry cream – yum! Samoa Sufganiyot were the first new creations that came to my mind, and I seriously have no regrets. To die for.

Samoa Sufganiyot

I know these recipes for sufganiyot have a lot of steps, so I won’t include the chocolate drizzle (because it’s really not necessary – the chocolate pastry cream is simply heaven), but if you would like to include it, just melt some chocolate in a double boiler and add heavy cream until you reach the consistency you want. Fill a piping bag and pipe away!

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Samoa Sufganiyot

Samoa Sufganiyot (Chanukah Donuts)

Samoa Sufganiyot (Chanukah Donuts)


  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
  2. 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  3. Vegetable oil, for coating the bowl
  4. 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  5. 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  7. 2 large egg yolks
  8. 1/3 cup whole milk
  9. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 2 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into pieces and at room temperature
  11. Chocolate Pastry Cream
  12. 1 1/2 cups whole milk, heavy cream, or a mix
  13. 1/2 cup sugar
  14. 1/4 cup flour
  15. 1/4 tsp salt
  16. 4 large egg yolks
  17. 1 tsp vanilla
  18. 1 bar of Hammonds Dark Chocolate, chopped in pieces.
  19. Caramel Glaze
  20. 10 pieces of Cocomel candies
  21. 1-2 Tbsp whole milk
  22. 1 cup shaved coconut


  1. Place 2 1/2 cups of flour and the salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.
  2. Coat a second large bowl with vegetable oil; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer place the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Add the water, stir to combine, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla and mix with the hook attachment in your standing mixer.
  5. Gradually add the reserved flour mixture to the wet mixture while your hook attachment is on low. Once all the flour has been added, change the speed to medium and combine until your dough forms a ball.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Scatter the butter pieces over the dough and knead until the butter is fully incorporated and the dough is smooth, shiny, and elastic.
  7. Form the dough into a ball, place it in the oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it in the oil.
  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  9. Punch down the dough, transfer it to a lightly floured work surface, and roll it out until it’s a little more than 1/4 inch thick.
  10. Using a 2-1/2-inch round cutter, stamp out as many dough rounds as possible and place them on the prepared baking sheet about 1/4 inch apart. Gather the dough scraps into a ball and roll out and cut again. Discard any remaining dough scraps.
  11. Cover the dough rounds loosely with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let them rise in a warm place until about 1/2 inch thick, 30 minutes.
  12. To fry the sufganiyot, I use a deep fryer set at 365°F. If you don't have a deep fryer, pour the oil in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot and set it over medium heat until the temperature reaches 365°F on a candy/fat thermometer.
  13. When the oil is ready, add 3-4 of the dough rounds and fry until golden brown, flipping halfway through, about 2 minutes total. Using a slotted spoon, remove the donuts to the wire rack.
  14. Repeat for all donut dough rounds.
  15. Chocolate Pastry Cream
  16. Warm the milk in the saucepan until you start to see wisps of steam (before it begins to boil).
  17. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the egg yolks and whisk them into the dry ingredients to form a paste.
  18. Pour a little of the hot milk into the eggs and whisk to combine. Continue pouring the milk slowly into the eggs, whisking continuously.
  19. When all the milk has been added to the eggs, pour everything back into the saucepan. Set a strainer over a bowl and place this near the stove.
  20. Set the pan back over medium heat. Whisk constantly. When it has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, pause whisking every few seconds to see if the cream has come to a boil. If you see large bubbles popping on the surface, whisk for a few more seconds and then remove the pan from heat.
  21. Stir the vanilla into the pastry cream and the chocolate pieces until they melt.
  22. Pour the cream into the strainer set over the bowl. Stir to push it through the strainer. This will catch any bits of cooked egg that may be in your pastry cream.
  23. Cover the pastry cream with a piece of plastic wrap pressed right up against the surface of the cream and chill completely.
  24. Caramel Glaze
  25. Put unwrapped Cocomel pieces into the pot of a double boiler, and heat on medium until melted.
  26. Once melted, add milk and whisk until combined and smooth.
  27. Assembly
  28. When sufganiyot are cooled, pierce them on the side with a skewer, and slide the skewer back in forth inside the sufganiyot to make room for the filling.
  29. Fill a piping bag with a large star tip with your filling, and pipe your filling into the sufganiyot.
  30. Dip the tops of the sufganiyot into the glaze, and place on a wire rack, letting the glaze drip down. You can spoon more glaze onto the sufganiyot as desired.
  31. Top with shaved coconut.

I received free product for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

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