These cheese doughnuts are similar to a traditional Chanukah treat enjoyed by Sephardi Jews from many different countries, and probably have their origin in a recipe popular in Spain's Jewish community before 1492. They also happen to be delicious!


  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 (15-ounce) (453 grams) low fat cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Powdered sugar for decoration
  • Flour for breading


In a bowl combine flour, cottage cheese, eggs, oil, baking powder, lemon rind, salt and sugar. Mix well. Heat the oil until very hot. Make round balls from the dough (about 1-inch in diameter). Roll in flour and fry until lightly brown. Drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

This recipe makes 15 doughnuts.

Note: These doughnuts are best eaten hot.

Tip: You can add cinnamon to the mixture before frying.