Colombian doughnuts (Buñuelos Colombianos)

 Buñuelos Colombianos are popular donuts in Colombia that are among the most traditional Christmas delicacies.


  • 7 oz queso costeño (Colombian cheese), or feta
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cassava starch
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Vegetable oil , for frying


  • Stand mixer


  • Finely grate the cheese.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the grated cheese, cassava starch, cornstarch, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the eggs, milk and melted butter and, using the dough hook or beater blade, mix until you get a homogeneous and smooth dough.
  • If the dough is a little dry, add a little milk until it takes on the desired texture or, if it is too wet, add a little cornstarch.
  • Cover with a cloth and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Form the dough into balls of around an inch (2 to 3 cm) in diameter.
  • Pour a generous amount of vegetable oil for frying in a deep pan and bring it to a temperature of 300 F (150 ° C).
  • Gently immerse the balls in the hot oil.
  • Cover the pan and, after about 3 to 4 minutes, uncover and increase the heat to bring the oil to 340 F (170 ° C), and fry until the buñuelos are golden.
  • Remove from the oil with a large slotted spoon and drain on paper towels or a cooling rack.
  • Enjoy hot, accompanied by natillas and hot or cold chocolate.