Once used to ward off a vengeful goddess, these Dutch doughnuts are now classic New Year’s treats.

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Anyone who ever visited the Netherlands in November or December will undoubtedly have seen the large amount of street vendors selling oliebollen. These crispy balls of deep-fried dough are filled with raisins or chocolate and covered in powdered sugar.

The olieboll is a traditional Dutch New Year’s treat. Though the name’s literal translation, “oil ball,” might not sound particularly festive,…

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