1 15-ounce ricotta cheese
4 eggs
1 tablespoon Vanilla
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound powdered sugar


1. Sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, using a wire whisk beat the eggs and vanilla for one minute.
3. Add the ricotta cheeses and egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Using a large spoon or electric hand mixer, incorporate all ingredients together for 2 to 3 minutes. The batter will look very thick. Cover batter with plastic wrap and let it rest on counter for 20 min.
4. Place powder sugar in a large pie plate and set aside.
5. Line a dish with paper towels and set aside.
6. Pour La Spagnolia oil in a very deep pot (about 3 inches) and heat oil on high.
7. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, drop scant scoops of batter directly into hot oil. Using a spider spatula continuously move donuts around to evenly cook till deep golden brown.
8. Carefully remove golden donuts from hot oil onto prepared paper toweled pie plate to remove excess oil.
9. Immediately roll hot donuts into powder sugar, and  enjoy!!!

Recipe courtesy of Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan, 2011.

These are considered a special treat by Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan’s family, especially her son BJ, who helps make this recipe. Every Sunday, especially on religious holidays such as Easter Sunday, Grandfather Joe would make these special donuts “for us (seven Grandchildren) on Sunday mornings. This is one of many treats he and my grandmother Felicia would make for Sunday coffee time after Sunday Mass.” The special ingredient in these homemade donuts is ricotta cheese. It is mixed into the batter and makes for a very moist and tasty round donut, which is rolled into powdered sugar right after frying them in oil.

“My Grandfather passed away when I was in high school. When my twins were born many years later, I remember counting the months till they could have table food so I could make them to enjoy on Sunday mornings and Holiday mornings just as I did growing up.”

“My kids enjoy them just as much as my cousins bother & I did. My daughter Amanda knows how to make the batter, BJ is a professional donut powdered and my husband is defiantly the best at eating them! With our busy schedules traveling with our daughter Amanda for tennis, Sunday mornings as a family are tough to fit in. In spite of this, everyone knows, including my nieces Eloise & Madeline, that when TeTe, Uncle Barry, BJ & Amanda are home on a Sunday donuts are being made while the sauce and meatballs are cooking for our family dinner!”

You may want to try them for a special day such as Easter or at any time you want to make a special treat.

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