Olie Bollen

Submitted By:
Valerie Terpstra Van Kooten


4 cups flour

3 packages of yeast 

2 cups lukewarm milk

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups raisins or currants

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Sugar or powdered sugar for rolling

Vegetable oil for frying (Crisco is best)


Make a batter of milk, yeast, and flour; add raisins, salt, and eggs. Let stand for one hour under a damp cloth. Meanwhile, heat your oil to 350 degrees. Drop a tablespoon (or small cookie dough scoop) of dough into the hot oil. Fry until brown and crispy, turning if necessary. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on layers of paper towels to drain. Roll olie bollen in sugar or powdered sugar.

Describe the connection this recipe has to your family and/or heritage.

In the Netherlands, olie bollen (or sometimes called vet bollen) are made on New Year's Eve. When I was growing up, a dear friend who had emigrated from the Netherlands made these every New Year's Day for our family. I've continued the tradition! Some recipes add chopped apple or citrus.