Fun donuts with a twist

spudnutsSpudnuts: Donuts with a twist.  What is a spudnut?  Around our home we call this donut recipe “Spudnuts”.  So what is the secret twist to our donut recipe?  This recipe is a yeast dough that has a cup of mashed potatoes as one of the ingredients, so the family has dubbed these delicious little gems spudnuts.  Let me tell you they are delicious hot or cold, and I can never eat just one.

spudnuts 2A few tips for making spudnuts.  They can be made just like a classic donut in a big circle with a hole in the middle.  They are delicious that way.  I like to only make small donut holes though whenever we make our spudnuts.  For me there is something so satisfying and fun about repeatedly popping these little treasures into my mouth.  I feel like I can eat more of them and I get to sample a few different types of toppings.

spudnuts 3Over the years we have discovered our favorite toppings and glazes.  The classic glaze is probably our favorite.  Simply mix a dash of vanilla, some powdered sugar and a splash or two of milk to make the glaze thin enough and then you are ready to dunk in some spudnuts.  I also like a good cinnamon sugar mixture, or just plain powdered sugar or white sugar.  A new favorite is white sugar mixed with a little cocoa powder.  It gives it a wonderful chocolate flavor.

I don’t make these as often as my kids would like.  But this time around I splurged and bought me a mini fryer.  Let me tell you that made frying up spudnuts so easy and there was so much less mess. It was under $20 and I wish I would have bought one years ago.  It was safe and easy to use without the typical grease splatter that I usually encounter while frying.  

spudnuts 3Next time you have a cup of left over mashed potatoes laying around.  Surprise your family and make one of our favorite recipes!

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5 from 2 votes


Donuts with a twist


  • 3 Tbl Yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 cups flour you may need more


  1. Combine the yeast, water, sugar, milk and butter.  Set aside.  When yeast has bubbled add the potatoes, salt and flour.  Mix well.  Adding flour until dough is not sticky and pulls away from the side of the bowl.  Let rise until doubled.  Roll out to 1/2" thick and cut into shapes.  Fry in hot oil until golden brown.  Flipping once.  Top with toppings of choice.


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    I’ve never heard of spudnuts before but lemme tell you, it’s catchy and I would love to try them! I’m a big fan of mini food, those that I can repeatedly pop into my mouth too :)

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    I’m an Idaho girl so spud nuts always remind me of harvest time! I love mine on a chilly fall day with a mug of hot cider and the smell of dirt from the harvest in the air. Such a nostalgic food for me! Thanks for sharing.

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    These look great and sound delicious! So because there is vegetable involved this means they are healthy right? So I can make and it a whole bunch of them? ;)

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