All about loukoumades: the Greek version of the donut

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Lou-kou-what? You may not know these mini donuts yet, but that’s about to change. Attention all lovers of donuts and oliebollen: put the loukoumade on your bucket list, because you want to eat it once (or ten…).

What are loukoumades?

Loukoumades are a true Greek traditional delicacy, affectionately known as Greek donuts. The moment you put one of these mini donuts in your mouth, you’ll get it right away. But the Greeks will all say that their loukoumades are even tastier than a donut.

The small dough balls are deep fried and therefore get a crispy outer layer and a soft and airy inside. Topped with warm honey and cinnamon – seriously delicious – and eaten hot. So delicious, you almost think Zeus had a hand in it.


Traditionally, a family meal ends with these dumplings, but nowadays you can buy them all over the street in Greece with all kinds of toppings. Would you like to make them yourself? Then take a look at for a good recipe.

Fun fact : In 776 BC, Greek loukoumades were served at the very first Olympics. They acted as ‘honey tokens’ for the winners.

Never too many toppings

Traditionally, the crispy balls are eaten with a topping of honey and cinnamon. But you can also go a step further. Think of chocolate, sesame, cinnamon and walnuts for example. Or go wild with pistachios, Oreo crumbs, praline, mini marshmallows, strawberry jam or Kinder Bueno. You can’t really think of it that crazy, you can do it on those mini donuts.

Small tip : do you always go wild with toppings? There is often a danger that in your enthusiasm – or gluttony – you cover the balls with a layer of flavors. Limit yourself (it’s difficult!) to two or three toppings at a time.

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