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Potato Donuts

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Potato Donuts
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 34 minutes
Servings 16 donuts
Calories 246kcal
Author Miranda Couse


  • 1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1/4 cup warm water 110°F
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T . + 3 cups canola oil divided



  • Dissolve yeast in the 1/4 cup warm water. Add a teaspoon of sugar and stir. Let it sit for 10 minutes until foamy. This will mean your yeast is activated.
  • In a saucepan, add in the milk, shortening, sugar and salt. Turn on heat to medium/high. Let it come to almost a bubble. Once the milk starts to form bubbles on the outer edge, remove from the heat and let cool to luke warm.
  • Add the milk mixture, yeast, mashed potatoes, and beaten eggs into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the 5 cups of flour and stir until most of the flour is incorporated. Remove the dough from the bowl onto a clean work surface and work in the rest of the dough. Knead the dough until smooth. It will be a soft dough.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of oil into a bowl. Add the dough and roll it into the oil to coat it. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area until doubled. It will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Lightly flour a clean surface. Turn the dough out onto the the floured surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with 3 or 4 inch donut cutter.
  • Place the cut out donuts onto two cookie sheets that have been greased with non-stick cooking spray. I normally lay a piece of parchment paper down onto the cookie sheet and then spray that with non-stick cooking spray. The parchment paper isn't necessary.
  • Cover the donuts with the plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled. This will take about 30 minutes.
  • While the donuts are rising for the second time, add the 3 cups of oil into a large saucepan and let it heat to 350 degrees.
  • Once the donuts are doubled and the oil is up to temperature, add 1 to 2 donuts into the oil. Let the donuts fry for about 2 minutes until golden brown. Flip and let fry for another minute to two minutes until that side is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oil and place on a wire rack to drain.
  • Place the granulated sugar and cinnamon in a storage bag or paper bag. Toss the hot donuts in with the cinnamon and sugar.
  • Best if ate fresh.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg