Traditional Dutch Olie-bollen Recipe

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Olie-bollen are traditional Dutch fritters, perfect for enjoying during the holidays or any special occasion. These deep-fried treats are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a hint of sweetness from the raisins and powdered sugar topping.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let it sit for a few minutes until foamy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and yeast mixture. Mix until smooth.
  3. Stir in the raisins and cover the bowl with a clean towel. Let the batter rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375°F (190°C). Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Remove the olie-bollen with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  6. Enjoy these delicious Dutch fritters warm with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Interesting Facts

  • Olie-bollen are a traditional New Year's Eve treat in the Netherlands, often enjoyed with a glass of champagne.
  • The name 'olie-bollen' translates to 'oil balls' in English, referring to the deep-fried nature of this dessert.