One bite of these Nutella Sufganiyot is pure chocolate heaven. Nutella makes a decadent, ready-to-use filling for sufganiyot, which are traditionally filled with jelly. If you’re a chocolate lover, you’re going to want to make these gooey treats this year.

A close up of a donut filled with chocolate and covered in powdered sugar.

I’m also sharing a dairy-free and nut-free substitute for the Nutella in these dairy-free sufganiyot. Happy Chanukah!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sufganiyot are traditionally filled with pureed jam, and a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella is an uncommon filling. However, chocolate-filled doughnuts are not a new concept because they are delicious, and these sufganiyot are no different.

Filling them with the chocolate rather than using it as a sauce or glaze means that with every bite you get an even taste of the dough with chocolate. It’s a hands-free winner!

This recipe is dairy-free and has nut-free options (see ingredients section) so if you keep kosher or have a dairy-free/nut-free diet, you can enjoy these anytime and after any meal!

Ingredients, Substitutions, & Chocolate Spread

Baking ingredients on a countnertop with text labels over the top.

Coconut milk – use full-fat coconut milk for this recipe. If you are looking for a substitute, whole milk works, but the recipe will no longer be dairy-free.

Yeast – You can purchase yeast in bulk and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer to extend shelf life.

Chocolate Spread

A jar of chocolate spread with a yellow top next to a Nutella jar.

You can use almost any chocolate spread for this recipe. The easiest to find is Nutella, but here are some options:

Nutella – The classic, Italian, chocolate hazelnut spread.

Hashachar Parve Chocolate Spread – I grew up with this brand of chocolate spread. It is dairy-free AND nut-free. It is also kosher for Passover, which is when we would enjoy it.

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – Many brands offer vegan versions of a chocolate hazelnut spread. Here is one example by Nutivia. Vegan automatically means dairy-free, which makes it easy to find dairy-free options.

How to Make this Recipe

Combine the yeast, 1.5 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 cup of warm coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let it stand until the yeast foams, ~5 minutes. If it doesn’t foam, start over.

Add 2 tbsp of sugar, 2 egg yolks, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of flour into the yeast mixture. Mix on low with the dough hook for about 2 minutes until combined.

Add the vegetable oil slowly with the mixer running. Mix well. Gradually add UP TO 1 more cup of flour. Start with 1/2 a cup, you might not need it all. If too sticky, a tablespoon more flour at a time flour. You want the dough to be soft, and smooth and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough for 3 minutes to make sure it isn’t sticky. If it is, add a little more flour until it isn’t.

Lightly oil a medium bowl. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-1.5 hours.

A round, yellow, ball of dough in a glass bowl.

Flour your surface to roll out the dough. Roll it out to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 squares or use a 3-inch cookie cutter. Transfer the 8-pieces to a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 45-50 minutes, until ALMOST doubled in size.

Note: This recipe makes 8 Nutella sufganiyot. Do not try to make larger ones or the inside will not cook completely.

Rough dough cutouts on a silpat-lined baking sheet.

Heat 3-4 inches of vegetable oil to 350F. Fry 45-50 seconds per side. Work in small batches and make sure your temperature is stable around 350F. You can use a candy thermometer or your instant-read thermometer.

Two doughnuts frying in boiling hot oil.

Drain on paper towels. There shouldn’t be much or any excess oil if you are keeping it at 350F. Let them cool slightly before filling.

With a toothpick or skewer, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. With a piping bag fill the doughnuts with the Nutella or chocolate spread or chocolate hazelnut spread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Note: If you don’t have a piping back, you can cut a 1/4-inch hole in the corner of a Ziploc bag.

A stack of chocolate-filled doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar.

More Jewish Bakes

A big part of my Jewish identity is enjoying the traditions of Jewish holidays, including cuisine. Here are some of my favorite Jewish recipe bakes, some with twists on the classics.

And if you’re celebrating Chanukah this year, make sure to make these Mashed Potato Latkes with Apples. Happy Chanukah!

A close up of a chocolate filled doughnut on a countertop with powdered sugar.

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Filled doughnuts in a box.

Nutella Sufganiyot

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Nutella Sufganiyot have a delicious, no-fuss filling inside warm fried doughnuts. Perfect for Chanukah with dairy-free and nut-free options!
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time10 minutes
Resting Time4 hours
Total Time5 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jewish
Diet: Kosher, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 474kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 2.5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup coconut milk full fat, lukewarm (100-105F)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5-2 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or melted margarine
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 cup Nutella or other chocolate spread***

Instructions

  • Combine the yeast, 1.5 teaspoons sugar, the 1/4 cup of warm coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of warm water to the bowl of a stand mixer. Let it stand until the yeast foams, ~5 minutes. If it doesn't foam, start over.
  • Add 2 tbsp of sugar, 2 egg yolks, salt, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of flour into the yeast mixture. Mix on low with the dough hook for about 2 minutes until combined.
  • Add the vegetable oil slowly with the mixer running. Mix well. Gradually add UP TO 1 more cup of flour. Start with 1/2 a cup, you might not need it all. If too sticky, a tablespoon more of flour at a time flour. You want the dough to be soft, smooth, and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough for 3 minues to make sure it isn't sticky. If it is, add a little more flour until it isn't.
  • Lightly oil a medium bowl. Place the dough in the oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-1.5 hours.
  • Flour your surface to roll out the dough. Roll it out to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into 8 squares or use a 2.5-3-inch cookie cutter*. Transfer the 8-pieces to a parchment lined baking sheet, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for 45-50 minutes, until ALMOST doubled in size.
  • Heat 3-4 inches of vegetable oil to 350F. Fry 45 seconds per side. Work in small batches and make sure your temperature is stable around 350F.
  • Drain on paper towels. There shouldn't be much or any excess oil if you are keeping it at 350F. Let them cool slightly before filling.
  • With a toothpick or skewer, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. With a piping bag** fill the doughnuts with the chocolate spread. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Notes

*This recipe makes 8 sufganiyot. Do not try to make larger ones or the inside will not cook completely.
**If you don’t have a piping bag, you can cut a 1/4-inch hole in the corner of a ziploc bag.
***You can use almost any chocolate spread for this recipe. The easiest to find is Nutella, but here are your options:
Nutella – The classic, Italian, chocolate hazelnut spread.
Hashachar Parve Chocolate Spread – I grew up with this brand of chocolate spread. It is dairy-free AND nut-free. It is also kosher for Passover, which is when we would enjoy it.
Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – There are many brands that offer vegan versions of a chocolate hazelnut spread. Here is one example by Nutivia. Vegan automatically means dairy-free, which makes it easy to find dairy-free options.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 5mg
Did you try this recipe?I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a Review to let us know how it came out, if you have a successful substitution or variation, or anything else.

7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These turn out fluffy, crunchy and bring so much joy with the nutella. You might buy your yeast in bulk, but we buy nutella in bulk. 🙂

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