Chanuka Blog Party, Recipe for Bunuelos-Powdered Mini Cheese Donuts + Giveaway! (Closed)

Welcome to the first ever Chanukah Blog Party that I am participating in here at Gigi's Kitchen, it is being hosted by Leah of Cook Kosher and Miriam of Overtime Cook. It's traditional on Chanukah to eat fried treats, most notably donuts and latkes, and we've got a fabulous array of Chanukah themed recipes, treats and crafts from Jewish bloggers all over the world! Make your chanuka meal planning easy & scroll down for links to all of the delicious treats & an exciting giveaway!

But first I want to share my own recipe with you today for these treats called Bunuelos. What are Bunuelos? They are little Latin cheesy fried donut balls and they are a tiny bite of heaven. Don't get me wrong I am the biggest fan of all those delicious classics. This year I wanted to try something a little different and inspired by that Latin delicacy, I came up with this. They remind me of the 5th grade- Mrs. Gross had us make a class cookbook for Chanuka and my contribution was a cheese ball recipe. I guess I've just liked that idea ever since. The great part with these is that they took me less then 20 minutes to prepare and weren't complicated in the least and that's coming from someone who is hardly a professional baker. If you are looking for a soft, sweet baked delight to serve this Chanuka which will easily impress you guests then you will want to give this recipe a try!

Bunuelos: Powdered Mini Cheese Donuts
Yields: 20


2 Cups Whipped Cream Cheese
1/8 Cup White Sugar
2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1 Large Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Vegetable Oil for Deep Frying
1/4 Cup Confectioners Sugar for Coating


1. Place the cream cheese, white sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, egg and salt in the bowl of a blender or mixing bowl. Blend or combine with clean hands till a dough forms. If it seems a little sticky add a little more cornstarch.

2. Take off a pinch of dough at a time and roll it into 2 inch sized balls. Lay them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet until ready to fry.
3. Heat the oil in a medium non stick frying pan. Once sizzling lower the flame a little and drop the dough balls in about 5 at time. Let them fry for 5-7 minutes or until they are golden.

4. Roll them in powdered sugar while they are still warm. and serve!
If you do bake these please send me a photo with facebook, instagram, twitter or by email I would love to see how they came out!!

The Giveaway:

To help get everyone into party mode, we have a bunch of fabulous new cookbooks to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of:

2 copies of Susie Fishbein's new Kosher By Design Cooking Coach (sponsored by Artscroll)

2 copies of Leah Schapira's Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking (sponsored by Artscroll)

2 copies of Esther Deutch's CHIC Made Simple (sponsored by the author)

Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, December 16th. Limit one entry per person per blog, so visit the other blogs for extra chances to win!

Prizes can only be shipped within the US. Entries must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to qualify.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post [Let me know what you will be cooking this holiday or what your favorite part of Chanuka is anything at all I love to hear from you!].
This is the second of many fabulous Holiday Blog Parties. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to participate in future parties, please email


Stop by the other blogs and check out their Chanuka Themed Recipes:


Jamie from Joy of Kosher made Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki
Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Squash and Potato Latkes
Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Ruby Red Beet Latkes with Cumin
Nechamah from TIforOA Food Ideas made Healthy Oatmeal Latkes
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Traditional Potato Latkes
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food made (I Can't Believe They're Crispy!) Baked Latkes
Laura from Mother Would Know made Three Variations of Sweet and Savory Latkes
Sarah from Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends made Kimchee Latkes
Shulie from Food Wanderings made Baked Panko Sweet Potato Leek Latkes
Donuts and Desserts:
Miriam from Overtime Cook made Shortcut Cannoli with Chocolate Mousse Filling
Leah from Cook Kosher made 5 Minute Donuts
Estee from The Kosher Scoop made Tropical Fruit Fritters
Melinda from Kitchen-Tested made Sweet Steamed Buns
Amy from What Jew Wanna Eat made Homemade Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Gelt
Avidan from Baking It Up As I Go Along made Orange Olive Oil Cake
Tali from More Quiche Please made Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
Amital from Organized Jewish Home made Mom's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Princess Lea from The Frumanista made Túrógombóc
Stephanie and Jessica from The Kosher Foodies made Beignets
Gigi from Gigi's Kitchen made Bunuelos: Mini Powdered Cheese Donuts
Esther from Esther O Designs made Edible Menorahs
Patti from No Bacon Here made Hanukkah Oreo Balls
Shoshana from Couldn't Be Parve made Churros con Chocolate
Shaindy from My Happily Hectic Life made Inside Out Apple Crisp
Eve from Gluten Free Nosh made Gluten-Free Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
Amy from Baking and Mistaking made Mini Cream-Filled French Beignets
Sarah from Food, Words, Photos made Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Victoria from Itsy Bitsy Balebusta made Pure Vanilla Donuts
Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe made Dulce de Leche and Eggnog cream filled mini sufganiot
Dena from Oh You Cook made Poached Pears in Pomegranate Sauce
Michele from Kosher Treif Cooking made Tiramisu Cheessecake
Sharon from FashionIsha made Sparkly Chanukah Cookies
Yosef from This American Bite made Garlic, Zaatar and Olive Oil Popcorn
Appetizers, Soups, Sauces, Drinks and other Hanukkah Food:
Laura from Pragmatic Attic made Caramel Spice Applesauce
Jessie from Bread and Butter made Honey Spiced Hanukkah Martini
G6 from Guess Who's Coming 2 Dinner made Sweet Potato Leek Soup
Claire from I Love Soup made Sweet Potato, Coconut & Lemongrass Soup
Jennifer from Juanita's Cocina made Kugel
Liz from Kosher Like Me made Ready, Stuff Roll!
Shelley from The Kosher Home made Hanukkah Crafts and Printables

Thanks for stopping in!
Hope you are all having an amazing Chanuka!
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