Grophens (German Mashed Potato Doughnuts)

Grophens are an old German "donut." This recipe has been handed down to me from my mom which was handed down to her from her mom. Grophens taste the best when eaten hot right out of the fryer sprinkled with sugar! Grophens can be sugared while hot.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs
40 grophens


  • 2 ounces active dry yeast

  • ½ cup lukewarm water

  • 1 cup milk, scalded

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes

  • cup shortening (such as Crisco®)

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup raisins, or to taste

  • 2 cups oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water.

  2. Mix scalded milk with mashed potatoes, shortening, sugar, and salt.

  3. Add eggs and yeast mixture to milk mixture. Gradually add flour, beating with a large fork to form a soft dough. Stir in raisins.

  4. Turn out onto a floured board. Knead lightly. Roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter (without center hole). Be sure the whole cutter is filled with dough.

  5. Place grophens on parchment paper-lined pans and let rise 1 hour. Stretch the sides with your fingers to form a slight hollow in the center.

  6. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  7. Fry grophens in the hot oil, working in batches, until golden, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

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)

101 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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