Slideshow: 16 Doughnuts to Make for Hanukkah

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Jelly doughnuts are traditional at Hanukkah. Try this version, which are crisp on the outside, yet soft and yielding on the inside. The flavor of jam is up to you.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Spiced Squash Doughnuts
Spiced Squash Doughnuts

As fall desserts go, there's no reason to let pumpkin have all the fun. Squash lends a light sweetness and mild earthiness to these doughnuts and it also happens to make for a very tender and fluffy cake.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Cranberry Sauce Jelly Doughnuts
Cranberry Sauce Jelly Doughnuts
These jelly doughnuts, inspired by the Hanukkah specialty sufganiyot, have a Thanksgiving flair thanks to a cranberry sauce "jelly" inside.

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[Photograph: Jessie Oleson]

Easy Homemade Doughnuts
Easy Homemade Doughnuts

Using store bought buttermilk biscuit dough makes assembling these doughnuts a snap. The fun is in the toppings: try our Orange-Cardamom, Brown Butter, Chocolate, or Plain Vanilla glaze.

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[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa

Double Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Holes
Double Chocolate Glazed Doughnut Holes

If you need more than gelt to satisfy your chocolate craving, try these cake doughnuts. A rich chocolate base is covered in a smooth chocolate glaze.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Apple Cider Doughnut Mini Muffins
Apple Cider Doughnut Mini Muffins

While we know that the point of doughnuts on Hanukkah is that they're fried, some of us need to take shortcuts during the holidays. These little cider doughnuts are baked in the oven—but with their tender crumb and cinnamon sugar coating, we don't think anyone will mind.

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[Photograph: Anna Markow]

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts
Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Chocolate lovers and doughnut fiends alike will love these soft, slightly dense cake doughnuts. We think they'll be the first to go off your Hanukkah dessert plate.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Chocolate Zeppole di San Guiseppe
Chocolate Zeppole di San Guiseppe

Look to the Italians this holiday and make some zeppole. The piped doughnuts are lighter than air, even when filled with a chocolate pastry cream.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Bring a little seasonal flair to your Hanukkah party with these light, fluffy, and soft spiced pumpkin doughnuts.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold

Potato Doughnuts
Potato Doughnuts

When you're picking up potatoes for latkes, throw another bag in your cart. These potato doughnuts are lighter than cake doughnuts and a great end to a heavy meal.

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Spiced Doughnuts with Cardamom, Coffee, and Orange
Spiced Doughnuts with Cardamom, Coffee, and Orange

The combination of coffee, cardamom, and orange is subtle but works together beautifully—warm and rich with little bursts of exotic flavors.

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[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Doughnuts
Gluten-Free Chocolate Doughnuts

The chocolate flavor here is amplified with nutty oat flour. These, too, are baked, but they're plenty rich enough to earn their name—no masquerading muffins here.

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[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]