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Oliebollen, The Traditional Dutch Doughnuts You Must Try

Oliebollen is the traditional Dutch Doughnuts. Today, we’ll show you the oliebollen recept (Dutch doughnut recipe) to have a homemade version by yourself. And if you’re too lazy for it, we have a list of the best bakeries that sell these sweet treats in Amsterdam. Let’s check it out!

Oliebollen – Dutch Doughnuts


This tasty Dutch sweet treat is generally served on New Year’s Eve. However, in the modern days, the oliebollen stalls begin popping up in the lead-up to Christmas.

Dutch Doughnuts are juicy and soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The Dutch often eat them after filling them with apples and currants.

Oliebollen Recept – Dutch Doughnut Recipe

Here is the oliebollen recept for one person. Double the number of ingredients respectively if the number of people increases to 4 and 6.

  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups raisins, optional
  • 1 oz instant yeast 
  • ¼ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups flour
  • ½ oz. salt
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups beer
  • 1 gallon of sunflower oil
  • 1 sour, peeled, and cored apple. Cut it into small cubes
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar

After preparing the ingredients for oliebollen recept, follow the instructions below to cook it.

  • First, wash the raisins. Put them in a bowl below water level for an hour
  • Warm the milk to 37 °C. Melt the butter on low heat
  • Stir the yeast in the milk
  • Mix the sugar, salt, and flour in a bowl. Stir the eggs, through the batter, one by one
  • Use the whisk to mix the beer bit by bit through the dough. Stir ‘til all lumps disappear.
  • Add the above milk-yeast mixture, cinnamon, and butter, then mix well
  • Add the apple and the raisins at last. Slowly stir for a few minutes
  • Wet a towel with warm water and leave this over the bowl. Top with plastic foil
  • Let the dough rise for an hour in a warm space
  • Heat the sunflower oil to 180 °C
  • Whisks gently through the batter after this hour 
  • Make small balls by using two spoons then place them in the heated oil
  • Fry the oliebollen for 3 minutes on each side. Put kitchen paper in a colander and get the oliebollen on top after baking in order to get rid of excess oil
  • Finally, dust the oliebollen with powdering sugar before eating

Best Places For Oliebollen In Amsterdam

Too lazy to make home-cooked Dutch doughnuts? Then just go outside and find a good bakery that sells them! Easy, right? Here is the list of the best places for oliebollen in Amsterdam

Gebakkraam Verwijk


It can never go wrong when eating oliebollen at Gebakkraam Verwijk. The store was even a winner in an oliebollen test conducted by AD Newspaper in 2015. 

So, let’s treat ourselves at least once to this iconic taste in Amsterdam.

Oliebollenkraam Tuincentrum Osdorp

Besides in-store treats, trying oliebollen from a street vendor is also a good idea. Oliebollenkraam Tuincentrum Osdorp is right outside the Tuincentrum Osdorp. And it’s one of the few that are available year-round.

Hollandse Gebakkraam Heinekenplein


This is another lovely vendor on Marie Heinekenplein who cooks up the best Dutch doughnuts in town. It’s also famous for its friendly owners. 

If you’re going to the square, then stopping by Hollandse Gebakkraam is a need.

Hartog’s Volkoren Oliebollen

When it comes to this bakery, we have to say that everything is basically great. As a result, Hartog’s Volkoren is a strong contender recommended by us.

Make sure to try their whole-grain oliebollen, people say it’s the best in town.

Banketbakkerij Lanskroon


One of Amsterdam’s highest-rated bakeries inevitably provides some of the city’s best doughnuts. That and some extremely delicious stroopwafels give Banketbakkerij Lanskroon a place on our list.

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