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Aunt Kathy's Old-Fashioned Potato Donuts

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"As a child, my husband loved going to his Aunt Kathy's in hopes that she would be making his favorite old-fashioned potato donuts. These are light and flavorful. They are best served fresh and warm and enjoyed with a cup of hot coffee, tea, or cocoa. You can leave them plain, dust them with powdered sugar, white sugar and cinnamon, or drizzle them with a glaze."
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2 h 20 m servings 1060
Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 donuts)


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  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Beat sugar and shortening together in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla extract; stir well. Stir in mashed potatoes. Add flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir using a sturdy spoon, as mixture will be thick. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour so that dough will be less sticky and easier to work with.
  3. Lightly flour a countertop and place plastic wrap on top of dough; roll out to desired thickness. Cut into strips or use a donut cutter to make traditional round donuts.
  4. Lower donuts carefully into the hot oil in batches. Fry until 1 side is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and continue frying until other side is golden, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining donuts.
  5. Transfer donuts to a wire rack to cool.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For lack of a donut cutter, I use a lid off of a Mason® jar and use a baby bottle to "cut" out the middle.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1060 calories; 103.6 31.9 3.8 20 258 Full nutrition

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