An Easy Hanukkah Treat to Make With Kids: Bimuelo

a plate of bimuelos, fried dough balls, with chocolate hazelnut spread and a pitcher of cream

Hanukkah is a time for celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. The lighting of the menorah (candelabrum, also known in Hebrew as a hanukkiah) is the central mitzvah, or commandment, of the holiday. 

Another Hanukkah tradition is to eat foods fried in oil, symbolic of the oil in the ancient Temple menorah that lasted for eight days. You may already be a pro at making latkes (potato pancakes), but have you tackled bimuelos, a special Sephardic fried dough treat yet?

Learn how to make these easy--and delicious--treats to share with your family. 

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  • 1 ½ cups flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Optional: honey, maple syrup, or powdered sugar for dipping or topping your bimuelos.


Eggless version: For an egg free variation, substitue four tablespoons of whipped aquafaba (the water that canned chickpeas are packed in).

Gluten free version: Replace the traditional flour with a one to one gluten free baking flour mix plus a quarter cup of sugar in your batter. Let your batter rest for ten full minutes before attempting to fry so that the baking powder can activate.

Dairy free version: If your family would like to make a dairy-free version of the recipe, use soy or rice milk and whisk in a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar before adding the milk to the recipe.


Kids can help with making the dough, rolling batter, and choosing toppings. Grown-ups should handle all of the frying.

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the egg and milk, then stir until batter forms.
  3. In a frying pan, pour in your oil (about two inches high) and warm your oil to about 365 degrees.
  4. Drop the batter by tablespoons into the oil.
  5. Fry the bimuelos until they are golden on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer your finished bimuelo to a paper-towel lined plate to cool and allow the oil to drain.
  7. Enjoy!


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