Homemade Zeppole (Easy Italian Donuts)

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Discover how to whip up a simple homemade Zeppole treat that’s perfect for a carnival vibe at home! Pair it with Nutella for an extra delightful touch.

Homemade Zeppole (Easy Italian Donuts)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 16


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Nutella for dipping


  • In a bowl, crack the eggs and whisk until you see bubbles forming.
  • Add in the pancake mix, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix until it’s crumbly.
  • Fold in the Ricotta cheese until the mixture becomes smooth.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pot or Dutch oven until it reaches 325-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use an ice cream scooper to shape dough balls and carefully drop them into the hot oil. *Remember: drop them close to the oil surface to avoid splashing.
  • Cook the Zeppoles for about 3 minutes, turning them regularly until they turn golden brown.
  • Take the Zeppoles out of the oil and let them drain on a paper towel.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve them warm with Nutella.


*Note: When dropping the dough balls into the oil, do it close to the surface to prevent splashing. Be cautious to avoid burns during this step!

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