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Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This small, sweet fried doughnut has an indent in the center, rather than a hole. It's then covered with powdered sugar and filled with whipped cream. Add a few sprinkles or sugars for a decorative touch."
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3 h servings 71
Original recipe yields 120 servings (12 dozen doughnuts)


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  1. Pour warm water into a small bowl, and sprinkle yeast on top; set aside for 5 minutes. Cream together the shortening, sugar, and salt. Add the eggs, one at a time, while continuing to mix. Pour in the milk and the yeast alternating with the flour until smooth. Place dough into a greased bowl, and turn over to grease the top.
  2. Cover with a light towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Once the dough has risen, punch down, and roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cover, and allow to rise another 30 minutes.
  4. Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Use your thumb to make an indent in the center of each kneecap. Fry in the hot oil a few at a time until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove to drain on a paper towel, and allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. To serve, dust the kneecaps with confectioners' sugar, fill the indents with whipped cream, and sprinkle with colored sugar to decorate.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 71 calories; 4.1 7.6 1.1 9 19 Full nutrition

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This recipe won't disappoint! First, we halved this recipe and discovered it made approx. 4 dozen? We then used the dough to make our version of doughnut holes. They fried up quickly and were...

These were really good. Nice soft doughnut that is not to sweet and can hold up to a sweet topping. After I got the milk and flour all combined I did knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it...

These are GREAT. They instantly brought back memories of my childhood. My mother used to make these for special occasions and I have been trying to find the right recipe. These taste just like...

Turned out great. More like a doughnut, but just barely sweet. I dusted with a little powder sugar. My husband used nutella. They were easy to make and a great little dessert. I halved the recip...

Excellant, more then enough just in one recipe, I kept some in the refriderator to make the next day and not one drop went to waste! thank you

I made these for my Mom and Dads Anniversary per my Dads request. I was a little worried because after I punched them down they didn't seem to rise a whole lot. I let them rise for almost 1 1/...

It's a tradition in my hometown that these were actually stretched over the knee of the person making them. They're a special snack here, and they end up looking similar to a Frisbee with a dom...