Get ready for a timely classic for Hanukkah celebrations. If you haven’t tried sufganiyot, you are in for a treat. I created a gluten free version of my dear friend’s family recipe, and I hope you enjoy these gluten free sufganiyot as much as we do!

Three gluten free jelly donuts in a basket.

One bite of these fried jelly donuts, and you will be hooked. If you love donuts as much as we do, check out all of my delicious Gluten Free Donut Recipes on the blog :-).

My kids said you should also check out these gluten free chocolate donuts or these gluten free vanilla donuts!

What is sufganiyot?

Sufganiyot sounds like such a fancy name for a jelly donut. And even funnier sounding is talking about just one sufaniyah! It is pretty easy to tell the difference. Deep-fried jelly donuts, aka sufganiyot (plural), or if you can eat just one, are called sufaniyah.

These Jewish jelly donuts symbolize the oil only enough to last one night. Lasted for 8 nights. It was considered a miracle, and the sufganiyot have been made to celebrate it ever since. If you want to read more about the history of these wildly popular jelly donuts, you can read more here.

My kids have been begging me to make this gluten-free recipe for years. I am not sure why I haven’t…perhaps it was the whole mom guilt thing because these gluten free jelly donuts are fried and calorie-laden.

These were amazing!!!! I have missed jelly doughnuts since I met my boyfriend, who has celiac. I always feel guilty saying that I miss things and look for ways to bring them back into our life but with the best gluten free recipe. These were awesome!!!!

Tara M., Blog comment

Allergen Information:

This fried jelly donut recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and oat-free. You can make these donuts dairy-free using plant-based butter.

If you want to try another delicious traditional Jewish recipe, I converted my Grandma’s Cheese Blintzes recipe to gluten free. I have a lot of great gluten-free Hanukkah recipes for you to make!

A stack of three jelly donuts on a plate.

My bloopers centered around the yeast and the dough rising in this recipe. It took four tries to get it right. Hopefully, the tips below will help you so you don’t have these struggles.

If you feel comfortable rising yeast dough, try this Gluten Free Focaccia Bread recipe, too!

How do you get gluten free dough to rise?

One of my biggest struggles in gluten free baking (and making these gluten free jelly donuts) is getting my dough to rise. Have you had this issue as well? I am not sure if it is gluten free flour or if it is just a user error!

I recommend letting the dough rise in a warm place for this recipe. Rising in the refrigerator can work, but for me, it hasn’t. Preheat your oven to 200º F and then turn it off. Cover the donut dough with plastic wrap loosely, then put your dough into the oven to rise.

I’ve been wanting Krispy Kreme donuts for 7 years, since going GF. I can’t thank you enough.”

Becky N.
Photos of the gluten free jelly donuts ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and Cup4Cup Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours. Note, the Bob’s 1:1 did not rise much or get that fluffy. This 1:1 blend doesn’t work well with yeast. I wanted to try it because it does work well in my sourdough bread recipe.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.
  • Yeast – I used active dry yeast. Note that Red Star “Platinum” yeast is not gluten free.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 3/4 teaspoon.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Milk or Non-Dairy Milk – I used almond milk in this recipe; any plant-based milk or regular milk will work.
  • Jelly – You can fill these donuts with jelly, jam, frosting, pudding, Nutella, etc. The sky is the limit!
  • Oil – Use a light oil that can tolerate high heat. I recommend canola, coconut, or avocado oil. If using Canola, be sure to check Is Canola Gluten Free.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

A glass measuring cup with bubbling yeast.

Step 1: Add your yeast to the warm water, milk, and two tablespoons of sugar, and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets really bubbly.

The sufganiyot wet and dry ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 200º F. When it is warm, turn off the oven. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.

Step 3: Whisk the wet ingredients and add the yeast mixture to a separate bowl. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix into a dough.

The gluten free sufganiyot dough on a mat.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

Step 4: You only get one good rise, so you must shape your donuts before raising them!

Your donut dough will be somewhat wet. That is normal and one of the things you need when working with dough. Put a little flour onto wax paper and add your dough. Press your dough flat to about 1 inch thick.

The secret is to use enough gluten free flour to the dough so you can cut out the dough circles without it sticking all over the place…but too much flour and your sufganiyot will be dry and dense.

Cutting out biscuits with a biscuit cutter.

Step 6: Use a biscuit cutter or large round cookie cutter to cut out your donuts. 

A bunch of sufganiyot ready to fry in hot oil.

Ready to try…the circles may be distorted a bit…that happens when you have to have your dough softer in gluten free baking.

Step 7: Cover the donuts loosely with plastic wrap and allow them to rise for 45 minutes until they are puffy and almost double in size.

Frying the gluten free jelly donuts in hot oil in a cast iron skillet.

Step 8: If you have a fryer, use that…otherwise, heat oil in a large 12-inch cast-iron skillet to 375º F.

What oil is best for frying donuts?

The kind of oil you use for frying is important. You must use an oil that is good for high heat. Some oils, like olive oil, go rancid in high heat, so you need to use one of these:

  • Canola oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
Fried donuts on a paper towel.

Step 8: Use a slotted spoon to remove the donuts from the hot oil and place them on a paper towel. The paper towels help absorb the extra oil.

A fried donut in powdered sugar.

Step 9: Roll your sufganiyot in powdered or regular sugar.

Squirting jelly into a jelly donut with a squeeze bottle.

Step 10: Use a squirt bottle or pastry bag and a long frosting tip to squirt the strawberry jelly into each donut.

Filled donuts on a plate.

You will end up with a big plate of gluten free jelly donuts just screaming to be eaten!! 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why didn’t my jelly donuts cook inside?

If this happened to you, my first guess is the oil was too hot, and the outsides cooked so fast that your insides were raw dough. You don’t want the oil hotter than this, or your donuts will cook on the outside too fast, and the inside will not cook.

What flavor jelly?

Traditionally, people fill their jelly donuts with strawberry or raspberry jelly. You can use any flavor you like!

Can you use jam instead of jelly?

For this jelly donut recipe, you can use jam instead of jelly. One main difference is that your donuts will have chunks of fruit.

What if your donuts don’t puff up when frying?

You likely have a yeast-rising failure if your donuts don’t puff up. I encourage you to raise your dough in a warm oven, as I described above.

If you love to fry desserts, try these Gluten Free Funnel Cakes, Fried Gluten Free Donut Holes, and Gluten Free Fried Donuts.

A jelly donut on a plate with a bite taken out so you can see the inside.

Delicious! Made dairy free by using oat milk and DF butter.”

Lydia, Pinterest User

More Gluten Free Donut Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Gluten Free Sufganiyot {aka Fried Jelly Donuts!}

Sandi Gaertner
One bite of these amazing gluten free jelly donuts aka gluten free sufganiyot and you will be hooked. Fill these fried donuts with jam, pudding, frosting, or Nutella.
4.75 from 12 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes, Gluten Free Donut Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 155 kcal


For Donuts

  • 2 ½ cups gluten free flour * see notes
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups warm milk regular or non-dairy
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter partially melted
  • ½ cup cane sugar

For filling and coating

  • Powdered sugar
  • Jelly


  • Warm milk to 105º F and add the yeast and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Allow sitting for 5 minutes until frothy.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients including the remaining sugar (not the powdered sugar) and whisk to blend.
  • Add the warm milk mixture, butter, and eggs. Mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 200º F. Turn off the oven.
  • Place a piece of wax paper down on the counter. Dust with gluten free flour blend.
  • Add the dough and sprinkle a little flour over it. Press down a little then top with another piece of wax paper.
  • Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to one-inch thickness.
  • Cut out circle shapes with biscuit cutters. Place on a plate
  • Cover the donuts loosely with plastic wrap. Place in the preheated warm oven and keep the door cracked open. Let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
  • While rising, heat light oil in a cast-iron skillet or fryer. You want the oil to be around 375º F.
  • When the oil is hot, add some of the dough circles.
  • Cook about 4-5 minutes on each side. Let the donuts get golden brown on each side.
  • Remove and place on a paper towel covered plate to absorb extra oil.
  • Optional: roll in powdered sugar to coat each donut.
  • Fill a squirt bottle with jelly or jam. Squeeze jam into each donut.
  • Enjoy!


  1. I have tested this recipe with Cup4Cup, Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend in this recipe. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 3/4 teaspoon.
  3. Make sure the oil you use for frying can handle high heat. I like to use coconut oil, canola, or avocado oil for frying.
  4. These gluten free fried jelly donuts will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1donutCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 0.002mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Hello there! I noticed in the step by step instructions with pictures it is mentioned that the yeast be added to the water, milk, and sugar mixture. In the Recipe instructions under the ingredient list it only lists the milk and sugar. Just wanted to see if the mention of water was just an error, or if the yeast should be added to warm water and warm milk to rise. Thank you! Looking forward to trying this recipe 🙂