New Year's Cookies


Wonderful homemade doughnut taste from my Mennonite mother-in-law. It is an all morning project but very worth the time and effort!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
60 cookies


  • 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 1 ½ cups warm milk

  • 3 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ cups raisins

  • 1 quart oil for frying

  • 1 teaspoon melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon warm water

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Stir the yeast mixture, milk, and eggs into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the raisins. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.

  2. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. To prepare the glaze, mix the melted butter and 1 teaspoon warm water in a small bowl. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, cream, and vanilla.

  4. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil. Cook 2 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and cool slightly. Dip each cookie into the glaze and set aside to completely cool.


As an alternative to the glaze, the cookies may be rolled in sugar after they have cooled slightly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
2g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* 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.

You’ll Also Love