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A Special Holiday Recipe From Actor Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik is spreading vegan cheer this holiday season with a traditional Hanukkah delicacy: vegan sofganyot, or vegan jelly doughnuts. Wow your friends and family with this cruelty-free dessert at your Hanukkah celebration this weekend or at any holiday get-together that you’re planning! Check out Mayim’s personal recipe to make this year’s Festival of Lights even brighter.

Vegan Jelly Doughnuts (Sofganyot)
1 pkg. (1 scant Tbsp.) active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. rice or soy milk
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/4 tsp. coarse salt
Egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
3 Tbsp. melted (then cooled) vegan margarine
Cooking spray
6 cups vegetable oil
Jelly (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

  • Combine the yeast, sugar, and 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a small bowl. Let stand until foamy, about 8 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture, egg replacer, and cooled margarine and beat until soft but not sticky (I do this by hand, but a stand mixer can also be used).
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl coated with cooking spray and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a draft-free place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch the dough down. Knead a few times and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut out rounds with a 2-inch cookie cutter (or drinking glass!) and transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet. Cover with the towel and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Heat the vegetable oil to 375°F, or just until a drop of dough makes it bubble. Fry each doughnut for about 1 minute on each side and remove with a slotted spoon. Let cool on a wire rack before serving.
  • Optional: Fill each doughnut with jelly and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Makes 8 doughnuts

Mayim sat down with PETA to share why she is so passionate about being vegan. In this exclusive video, she gives us the skinny on vegan parenting and describes the positive effects that a meat-free diet has had on her health.

Need more vegan holiday recipes to awe your friends and family? We’ve got your back! Check out our selection of all your holiday favorites—vegan-style.

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  • Brooke says:

    The primary thickener in jelly is usually pectin, a complex carbohydrate molecule of plant origin. It’s not inconceivable that someone might have made jelly with gelatin, but it would be decidedly unusual. It’s always a good idea to check the labels when in doubt, but this recipe is safe.

  • Sam says:

    deedee965 yes vegan jelly is available. I am in Australia, and I get it from an on line cruelty free shopping site.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    thanks for such a recipe.

  • EB says:

    I LOVE these doughnuts but stopped eating them when I became vegan. Thank you — this recipe looks delish, and simple too. And re. the gelatin question, most fruit spreads — i.e. jam, jelly, etc. — are vegan (the label should tell you). However, in the U.K., “jelly” refers to “Jell-O” or “gelatin” — which is made from animal products. So the kind of jelly you’d use in these doughnuts should be fine.

  • deedee965 says:

    I hope you use jelly that is gelatin free (if there is such a thing). Gelatin comes from animal products.

  • Lorain says:

    My mom used to make them for us every year growing up, I’ve decided to tackle it this year as she lives too far and we wont be seeing her this year. I must say this was AWESOME! Fantastic recipe, easy to make just takes some time, and Oh My Goodness oh so tasty!!! They were all gone within a few hours! Thanks so much!

  • dpledg says:

    like your vegan lifestyle mayim…. do you use all vegan beauty products also? if so, can you recommend one? it seems like they all test on animals.

  • ANN says:

    Thanks for speaking out for vegans!

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