Honey coated golden balls of fried yeast dough. Golden and Crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. The Greek dessert Loukoumades are the perfect mouthful.


  • 4 ½ teaspoons 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water at 100 degrees
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup butter room temperature
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 4 cups flour
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • Oil, for frying (about 4 cups)
  • Cinnamon, for garnishing
  • Powdered sugar, for garnishing


  1. Stir yeast into warm water and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat together the milk, sugar, and salt until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the yeast and mix until combined.
  4. To the bowl, add the butter and eggs. Beat to combine.
  5. Slowly add the flour, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture creates a soft dough.
  6. Cover the bowl and allow to rest in a warm area free of drafts for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Meanwhile, add honey and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow to boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring as needed. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  8. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until a toothpick or bamboo skewer inserted into the boil bubbles.
  9. Prepare a large baking sheet with paper towels for draining the cooked balls. Place a bowl of water close to your frying station to keep your tools and/or hands wet.
  10. To create small (approximately 2 inches) balls, use a 1 tablespoon scoop or your hands to scoop small portions of dough, create a ball and carefully drop into the oil. Cook on one side for about 2 to 3 minutes before flipping. Some balls will flip themselves as they cook. Balls will double in size and should be browned on both sides when done.
  11. In small quantities, roll balls in honey syrup and then transfer to your serving dish. Drizzle with any remaining honey syrup. Top with cinnamon and/or powdered sugar prior to serving. Serve immediately for best results.