Irresistible Picarones Recipe: Peruvian Pumpkin Donuts

Dish recipes: Picarones

Dive into the sweetness of Peruvian street food with our Picarones recipe. These delectable pumpkin donuts, served with a spiced syrup, are a celebration of tradition and flavor.


Gather the essentials to create these irresistible Picarones:

Pumpkin, peeled and diced (1 lb / 0.5 kg)

Sweet potato, peeled and diced (0.5 lb / 0.25 kg)

All-purpose flour (2 cups / 250 g)

Active dry yeast (1 tablespoon / 10 g)

Brown sugar (1/4 cup / 50 g)

Anise seeds, ground (1 teaspoon / 5 g)

Cinnamon, ground (1 teaspoon / 5 g)

Warm water (1 cup / 240 ml)

Vegetable oil (for frying)


Follow these steps to create the perfect Picarones

Prepare the Dough:

Blend pumpkin and sweet potato in a food processor until smooth. In a bowl, mix the puree with flour, yeast, brown sugar, anise seeds, and cinnamon. Gradually add warm water, stirring until a sticky dough forms.

Let the Dough Rise:

Cover the bowl with a cloth and let the dough rise for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

Fry to Perfection:

Heat vegetable oil in a pan. Wet your hands and shape the dough into rings. Fry until golden brown, ensuring they cook through.


Serve Picarones warm, drizzled with a spiced syrup made from ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel for an authentic touch.

Picarones are more than donuts they're a piece of Peruvian culinary heritage. Enjoy these sweet treats, and transport your taste buds to the lively streets of Peru.