Friday, January 6, 2017

Chinese New Year Balls

Traditionally prepared for Chinese New Year celebrations, these tender fried cakes can be enjoyed any time of the year and for any occasion. I rolled these in multi-colored sprinkles but for Chinese New Year you might want to use red only sprinkles or red sugar crystals.
Quick and easy to make, they're a lot like munchkins.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 Tblsp. vegetable oil
In a separate bowl stir together all wet ingredients. Add to flour mixture all at once and stir just till moistened.

Heat about 2” of cooking oil in a deep pot. Carefully drop batter by tablespoons into hot oil, several at a time. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Turn if necessary. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool completely.

I made a glaze using 3 parts confectioners sugar to 1 part water. Dip half of each cooled ball into glaze then into sprinkles.

Topping ideas are endless, drizzle with chocolate, roll in coconut or chopped peanuts, dust with confectioner's sugar, cinnamon and sugar, add lemon zest to the glaze. It's up to you and your imagination.



  1. Once again you've demonstrated that yummy food that looks complicated to make is actually easy! These Chinese New Year Balls look delicious and, yes, remind me of Munchkins.

  2. Thanks Susan. Easy to make and you can have Munchkins anytime you want. I have to travel 50 miles to the nearest Dunkin Donuts, these cakes fit the bill.


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