Zeppole (Italian Donuts) Recipe

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Andrew Modified: December 22, 2021
Homemade Italian Zeppole Donuts with Powdered Sugar for Christmas


How To Make Zeppole (Italian Donuts)

Zeppole is a fluffy donut made of cream puff dough, and deep fried for a crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside treat.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins


  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • oil, for frying, such as peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1⁄4 cup confectioners sugar, to dust


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, milk, butter, granulated sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in the flour all at once using a wooden spoon. Once incorporated, place the saucepan back over medium heat and stir constantly for another 1½ to 2 minutes to release extra moisture and partially cook the flour.

  3. Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat on medium speed for 1 minute to cool the mixture slightly. Add 4 eggs, adding them 1 at a time and allowing eggs to fully incorporate between each addition.

  4. Once all eggs are incorporated, beat another minute until the dough is smooth and forms a thick ribbon when you pull up on the whisk.

  5. Transfer dough to a piping bag with a ½-inch opening, or use a large zip bag and cut a ½-inch opening at the tip.

  6. Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a Dutch oven with a thermometer attached, or in a deep fryer. Once oil is hot, pipe 1-inch lengths into the hot oil, swiftly cutting the dough as you pipe into the oil. Pipe closer to the surface of the oil to avoid oil splashes.

  7. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes total, turning them over halfway.

  8. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to soak up extra oil then dust with powdered sugar to serve.


  • Sugar: 225g
  • :
  • Calcium: 447mg
  • Calories: 1231kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 240g
  • Cholesterol: 149mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Potassium: 539mg
  • Protein: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 4282mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1062IU
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