Program Details
Celebrate Hanukkah with Homemade Sufganiyot

Celebrate Hanukkah by making Homemade Sufganiyot, fluffy donuts with a rich cultural significance. These treats, resembling a cross between beignets and jelly donuts, hold a special place in the Hanukkah tradition, representing the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. During this activity, residents can choose between deep-frying the donuts traditionally or baking mini-donuts for a more accessible approach. An electric mini-dessert maker or a donut baking tray can be utilized for baking. Alternatively, a simple option is to use pancake or biscuit mix as the donut base, finishing with a delightful topping of jam after cooking.

  1. Physical Engagement: Participate in hands-on cooking activities, promoting fine motor skills.
  2. Social Engagement: Foster a sense of community through collaborative cooking.
  3. Emotional Engagement: Experience joy and satisfaction through the creation of a cultural culinary delight.
  1. Provide ingredients and cooking tools: flour, sugar, yeast, jam, oil, and optional pancake or biscuit mix.
  2. Instruct residents on the traditional deep-frying method or the alternative baking approach.
  3. Encourage residents to actively participate in mixing, shaping, and cooking the sufganiyot.
  4. Foster social engagement by organizing the activity as a group cooking session.
  5. Discuss the cultural significance of sufganiyot during Hanukkah while the donuts are being prepared.
  6. Allow residents to choose their preferred cooking method and toppings.
  7. Share and enjoy the homemade sufganiyot together.
Staffing Requirements
  • 1 staff member.
  • Additional staff/volunteers to assist participants if needed.
  • Flour, sugar, yeast, jam, oil.
  • Optional: Pancake or biscuit mix.
  • Mixing bowls, cooking utensils, and cooking equipment.
  • Burns or Scalds: Be cautious with hot oil during the cooking process.
  • Allergies: Check for residents' allergies before selecting ingredients.
Expected Outcomes
  1. Improved fine motor skills through hands-on cooking activities.
  2. Strengthened sense of community through collaborative cooking.
  3. Increased joy and satisfaction through the creation of a cultural culinary delight.
  4. Enhanced knowledge about the cultural significance of Sufganiyot in the Hanukkah tradition.
Program Type
Level of Care
Dimension of Wellness
Culture, Baking, Cooking, Eating