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Loukoumades: Greek Epiphany Sweets

Updated on September 6, 2014

A Recipe for Loukoumades

Loukoumades are a traditional Greek sweet, similar to a donut. This is a very ancient Greek pastry, some authors suggest the treat may be the original European pastry. Loukoumades consist of a puffy, sweet dough that is deep fried, then coated with a sweet syrup and sometimes rolled in cinnamon or sesame seeds.

Greek housewives traditionally made Loukoumades on Epiphany, January 6 to ward off evil spirits. To prevent the evil spirits from bothering the family, the women would toss the Loukoumades onto the roof of the house to appease them and make them go back into the ground where they came from.

Today Loukoumades are made as a treat for the children and can be enjoyed year around; but, if you want to be traditional make them on Epiphany and throw a few onto the roof for good measure!

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  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix the yeast with the water, sugar, salt and oil, then add the flour. This should resemble pancake batter. Turn this out into a greased mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
  2. While batter is rising, prepare the syrup mixture: Mix together 3 cups of sugar, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Boil this mixture for 15 minutes, then allow to cool while dough is cooking.
  3. To cook: drop the mixture from a teaspoon into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from hot grease, and immediately dip into the prepared syrup.
  4. Serve piping hot and sticky! What a yummy treat!
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How to Make Loukoumades

Maria Benardis cooks up a batch of delicious loukoumades, not for Epiphany, but for Greek Easter, on an Australian talk show. While there are a few slight variations from this recipe, they are very similar. Note that different regions of Greece have variations using available ingredients. Try using what you have on hand!

Greek Cookbook - Loukoumades and More Traditional Greek Recipes

Here is the Greek cookbook by Maria Benardis spotlighted on the above video cliip. Benardis runs the Greekalicious cooking school in Sydney, Australia.

My Greek Family Table
My Greek Family Table

You will find recipes for new and traditional Greek dishes, as well as stories from Benardis about growing up in Greece with her extended family.


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Ingredients for Loukoumades

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Have you ever made or eaten loukoumades? Would you like to try them? - Do you think you will try this loukoumades recipe?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love doughnuts (which by the way I have not had for a couple years) so your Loukoumades have my tummy doing cute little somersaults in anticipation of a treat. Ha...I might have to try out your recipe.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Looks delicious. I would definitely like to try this stuff.

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      coincrazy98 5 years ago

      I'd love to try some of these!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this recipe, LOVE Lokoumades and am going to try making this at home. Please share some more Greek recipes and also tell us about your favourite Greek cookery books.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      They remind me of the malasadas we eat over here in Hawaii. YUM! :)

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      ifuturz 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the delicious sounding recipe

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Lovely Lens and thanks for sharing the delicious sounding recipe - you've made me want to try it out so will add this to my Bake List. You deserve LOTD - congratulations.

      Over the Christmas period we had dinner at an Indian restaurant and I had a taste of my son's dessert - Gulab Jamun. I'm wondering if Loukoumades is similar to Gulab Jamun?

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      These look super delicious. Yes, i would like to try them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Greek Epiphany Sweets thanks for sharing recipe

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great recipe lens and congrats on LOTD. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2 and Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Well done, HUgs,

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      I just love EVERYTHING Greek!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      crstnblue 6 years ago

      Loukoumadiki lens! :)

      I enjoyed it as well as recalling the taste of those delicious Greek sweets!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      enjoyed seeing your lens this morning! I'm hungry for these now.

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      Vallygems1 6 years ago

      Love them. Reminds me of my Yaya

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congrats on LOTD on this lens. I've never had loukoumades but I'd like to try them--they sound great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love it! <3

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      Beautyland 6 years ago

      I would like to try this recipe, they look yummy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, these loukoumades sound delcicious!

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      KniftyKnitter 6 years ago

      Congrats on making the front page of Squidoo. Those loom yummy!

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      MCB2011 6 years ago

      Have a restaurant that I love to go to with my daughter. We love it, and they serve this if not something similar. Thanks for the lens!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I would like to try this recipe.

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      Loveyourshoes 6 years ago

      looks delicious

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      shanonluxo 6 years ago

      man these look good

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      mowug1776 6 years ago

      looks great, love the lens

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Sounds like something I would like to try - both to make and eat

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      rajit788 6 years ago

      Feels yummy!

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      Philmac128 6 years ago

      Yeasty, sticky sweet, deep fried = 3 of my favourite food groups. Will be trying these

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      StudioElysee 6 years ago

      I think I will definitely try this recipe! Loukoumades look very, very good.

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      healthandsick 6 years ago

      looks yummy..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks good. Don't recall ever having them. Blessed!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Sounds like something I'd like to try. Great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds and looks a lot like the Indian 'Ladoo'! :)

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      MayaBella LM 6 years ago

      I want to try these. Yum!

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      ikoniatis 6 years ago

      Loukoumades are very easy to cook. You can find them almost anywhere in Greece. You just need to make sure they are cooked the moment you order. Fresh ones are delicious.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      Definitely like to try them, thanks for the lens!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Yes.. and guess what! They are actually Arabic originally, I believe! We eat them here in Kuwait all the time.. although the recipe is slightly different :) Blessed!

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      abkwallart 6 years ago

      This looks delicious! Especially as my birthday party.

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      abkwallart 6 years ago

      Nice food look like nice to see this This looks delicious! Especially as my birthday

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If they are similar to a do-nut then I know that I will love them

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      deckdesign 6 years ago

      I've never made or tried them but I want to now. Thanks for the recipe. I think my kids will also love them.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      i love glendi, the greek festival, because of loukoumades. :) congrats on lotd

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      BuddyBink 6 years ago

      These look and sound great. Going to have to try them. Thanks

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      Mamaboo LM 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing and be blessed today!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Never tried them but they look delicious so I've added them to my list of deserts to try. Thanks for sharing. Blessed and bear hugs, Frankster

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! This looks delicious! Especially as my birthday is on Epiphany. I will have to try these! Delicious!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Sounds interestng, & looks somewhat like fried dough so I'm total game, printing out the recipe (& going to add to my favorite lenses lens

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      Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

      I live in Spain which is also big on the epiphany and this is a great lens, wish I had thought of it first

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      Chris-Jackson 6 years ago

      These look awesome, I want some!!

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      My parents are Greek and I live in Greece many years now. Loukoumades are very popular here. We eat them in all seasons. Iâm glad because this lens was the lens of the day!

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      zoonix 6 years ago

      These look way too tasty. We might just have to try them tonight

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      coolrecipes 6 years ago

      I had these in the local Greek Restaurant when we lived in Germany, it was always a free extra dish at the end, mmmmm this brings back some great memories!

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      Theofilos Theodor 6 years ago

      I am Greek so this lens feels like home :)

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      treasuresabound 6 years ago

      They are lovely, I make them at home and didn't know the Greeks love them too.

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      leeleon 6 years ago

      i will try this recipe . thanks

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      They sure look yummy and I do love Greek food! Congratulations on a much deserved Lens of the Day!

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      They look like donut holes! Either way they look yummy!

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      They look stickyliscious! Congrats on LOTD. With thanks and appreciation.

      Cathi x

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never tried them but they look good. Congrats on LOTD.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd sure try this, I'd even keep my eyes open when I take a bite!

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      SquidooMBA 6 years ago

      Thanks for giving me something to try this morning with my 3 year old (who is crazy about baking/cooking). Congrats on being Lens of the Day!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      I cannot even adequately convey how much I want to try these! They look gorgeous. Congrats on LoTD

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loukoumades = little golden balls of heaven.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's like string pill, is similar to the Chinese snacks.

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      harubel 6 years ago

      thanks for your lens ! Do you know, we the Bangladeshi peoples like sweets very much and we are used to take different types of sweet everyday. If you find some time to visit our country or take the test of different sweets of ours, we will astonished with the test of sweet.

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      Iceprincess09 LM 6 years ago

      Can't wait to try these!!

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      They sound fantastic. I want some.

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      cleanyoucar 6 years ago

      Love greek food, thanks for sharing this.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Congratulations on a deliciouly done lens. These look very tempting that I will have to try them.

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      sheezie77 6 years ago

      mmm...delicious. Great lens!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      No but Ohhh my goodness do they look YUMMY!! Thumbs up on this delicious lens and angel blessed.

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      nebby 6 years ago from USA

      When I go to a Greek festival I check out the food booths to see if they have loukoumades and baklava. Yummy! Congratulations on a delicious LOTD,

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love Greek food but never had a loukoumade, hope to try one some time soon...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD, loukoumades look yummy!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing your recipe for Loukoumades, they look delicious!

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      noel rocs 6 years ago

      I soooo want one of those! It's like a donut or a hushpuppy, but not. I just love bread! mmm honey :)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      I make baklava every year at Christmas time and love it. I will definitely try this recipe it sounds delicious. A very tastey lens. Thanks.

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great educational lens and I learned from your lens. Keep writing so we can enjoy learning.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      These look incredibly delicious!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your LotD!

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      SiochainGraSonas 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. These sound yummy. Thank you for sharing.

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      revenue4u 6 years ago

      I never had one but they sound good.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never have tried them, but they sound yummy--a must try! Congratulations on your LOTD


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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      I wish Squidoo had tast-o-vision or something. I would love to try these. Congrats on LOTD ! whooo hoo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've never had loukoumades, but would love to try them. Congrats on LOTD!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These kind of look like the hush puppies at Long John Silver's, but I'm guessing they are much much lighter :) They sound so tasty, I've gotta try them soon. I had never heard of these. Thanks for sharing!

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      Africanos 6 years ago

      Im from cyprus a greek island.I have eaten tons in my life :)

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      LornsA178 6 years ago

      My husband is Greek. My sis-in-law made a lot of Greek sweet including loukoumades. We also enjoy going to Greek fest. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on LOTD. Well-deserved, and these sound marvelous! Blessed.

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      These look really tasty! I've tried a decent amount of Greek food, but not loukoumades yet. Will have to try some. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Sounds yummy. Congrats on LOTD!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, I will start cooking Greek Food.

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      gardenermom 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a traditional holiday treat! :)

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      I would LOVE to try them!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Recipe and page are both yummy... too hard of one for me though, just send me to the bakery.

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      Looks yummylicious! Congrats on Lotd :)

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      HopeJoyFaith 6 years ago

      I've never heard of loukoumades. But I will be trying the recipe:)

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      We have a lady at our church who makes the BEST loukoumades! Thanks for sharing!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      These sound absolutely outstanding and delicious - thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessed by a SquidAngel!