New Year's Cookies Recipe -
New Year's Cookies Recipe

New Year's Cookies

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"Wonderful homemade doughnut taste from my Mennonite mother-in-law. It is an all morning project but very worth the time and effort!"

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Original recipe makes 60 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    2 hrs 40 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Stir the yeast mixture, milk, and eggs into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the raisins. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. To prepare the glaze, mix the melted butter and 1 teaspoon warm water in a small bowl. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, cream, and vanilla.
  4. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil. Cook 2 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and cool slightly. Dip each cookie into the glaze and set aside to completely cool.
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  • Note
  • As an alternative to the glaze, the cookies may be rolled in sugar after they have cooled slightly.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 03, 2006

Just like my Oma used to make!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 17, 2003

This recipe was alright but I don't think there is much of a chance of me making it again. I found it to be very sugary and simply didn't suit my taste. This is my opinion so don't take my word for it.


10 Ratings

Jan 02, 2004

One of the best cookie recipes I have ever had in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 31, 2011

Delicious!!I had never made these kind of cookies b4 so compared them 2 recipe my mom/sister use.Theirs calls 4 oil in dough so added 2 Tbsp soft marg.The nutmeg added a flavor that I haven't tasted since eating mini donuts on Pier 39 in SF when I was growing up.Definitely a keeper...

Dec 28, 2012

This looks a lot like what we duch eat on newyearseve! They're called "rozijnen bollen" or. "oliebollen". In english that is raisins bolls or oil bolls. We only use powderd suger over it. Nothing more! For people who don't like raisins there are also without the raisins. All over our country they're eaten on new years eve. Everywhere, in every house are they. That's a very old tradition. I can remember that my grandmother told me she eat them as a child already. And she died 33 years ago on the age of 82! And i think it goes further back. Nice to see it here! Make it also your tradition with new years eve! That would be great, all over the world eating the same on this one day a year! Enjoy your balls! Bye. :-)

Jan 03, 2011

could you use chocolate chips instead of raisins??? cuz i dont have any i don't like them either :p

Oct 30, 2012

Tasted good fresh. Got dry by the next day!

Jan 05, 2013

definitely a one day treat, but they can be warmed in a low oven the second day. I will try this glaze.


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  • Calories
  • 84 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2.1 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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