Lola Nena's-Inspired Cheese-Filled Donuts

This Lola Nena's-inspired recipe makes fluffy, melted cheese-filled donuts covered in margarine and sugar, just like panaderya bicho-bicho.
12 donuts
Wait Time
2 Hrs
Active Time
1 Hr

Lola Nena’s already had donuts on their menu as early as 2018. And though people generally loved the bicho-bicho-inspired snack, a lot of them hoped for it to have more cheese. So in 2020, Lola Nena’s came out with their Triple Cheese Donuts: their original old-fashioned donut with three times the cheese. (So no, it’s not three kinds of cheese in the donut.)

To make Pinoy-style donuts, this recipe starts with dough that’s closer to pandesal than traditional donuts. This gets you large dough that’s both soft and chewy at the same time. We’ve filled it with Eden cheese (you can also use Quickmelt) to keep the flavor familiar. A coating of margarine and white sugar gives the donuts an extra sweet-salty crunch.


  • 4 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 block (8oz) Eden or Quickmelt cheese


  • ½ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
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