Hanukkah's classic donuts, sufganiyot, swap holes for a whole lotta filling. Pick up a baker's dozen at any of these sweet spots.

By Erica Sloan
December 01, 2020
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The Festival of Lights is just around the corner, but that doesn't mean that you can't indulge in one of the most traditional Hanukkah treats—sufganiyot—right now. This puffy, fluffy fried donut, which originated in Israel, is filled with jelly and dusted with powdered sugar for a bite that's sweet as can be. Of course, bakeries all across the country have come up with their own versions of this treat dating all the way back to the 1920s. In addition to jelly, you'll find sufganiyot filled with Nutella, dulce de leche, fruit, chocolate, and lots of other decadent flavors.

While many bakery chains offer their versions of a Jewish jelly donut—and certain popular ones even have certified-kosher locations—a select few bakeries create particularly extraordinary sufganiyot. Ahead, we're sharing the bakeries across the country that you can count on for eight sweet nights.

Breads Bakery

The sprinkle-topped chocolate number at this Israeli-owned New York City destination (famed for its babka) is the stuff of dreams—creamy, yet cloud-light. Of course, you can also try their jam-filled version, too.

Firecakes

This Chicago shop's version is piped full of their signature house-made raspberry-blood orange jelly so fresh, you'll want to eat it with a spoon. At the Lincoln Park locale, you can buy it by the jar (and trust us, you'll want to).

Frena Bakery & Café

Halvah—a tahini-based Middle Eastern confection—makes a cameo in one variety from this San Francisco favorite. Their other epic fillings include pistachio, coconut, cookies and cream, and strawberries and cream, and some varieties are vegan. A second location, which opened in 2019 in Richmond District, is Kosher-certified and sells sufganiyot year-round.

Sublime

This humble Atlanta donut shop has multiple locations, but the Toco Hills store is the only certified kosher outpost. In the past, the Sublime bakers have strayed from tradition with jaw-dropping fillings like butter toffee or even salt and vinegar. To make the holiday feel even more festive, they've been known to make their sufganiyot in the shape of stars.

Café Angelique

With locations in Tenafly, New Jersey, and New York City, there are two opportunities to take a bite out of Café Angelique's famed sufganiyot. Order in advance to make sure that you have plenty of cloud-like, jelly-filled donuts for all eight nights.

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