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Potato Donuts

Servings 30


  • 4-4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked lightly packed potato
  • 1/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • oil for frying


  1. For the tops:
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more if you want some with just powdered sugar on top)
  3. 2-3 teaspoons whole milk
  4. cinnamon sugar (make it as cinnamony as you like!)
  5. finely chopped Heath bar (or Butterfinger bar)
  6. Begin by baking the potatoes. You can do this in the oven by baking at 375°F for 45 minutes to an hour. You're looking for the insides to be easily mashable. Once baked, allow the potatoes to cool enough to handle. Then slice them in half and scoop out the insides. I pressed my potatoes through a potato ricer, but you could also pulse them a few times in a food processor. You just want them to be broken up enough that you can easily incorporate them into a batter.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours (start with 4 cups all-purpose flour), baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until well incorporated (the color will become a bit more pale). To the eggs, add the potatoes, cooled (but liquid), butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until just combined. Pour the wet mixture in with the dry mixture, and stir until a very soft dough forms. If the dough still doesn't hold enough shape to roll out, then add another 1/4 cup flour.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out until it's 1/4" thick. You will likely need to do this in 3-4 batches, unless you have a giant work surface. Cut out your donuts.
  9. In a heavy-duty pot, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F. Cook the donuts in the oil for 30-40 seconds on each side. Remove to a plate (or cutting board) lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease.
  10. Now it's time to glaze these donuts! Whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons whole milk. You can dip the donuts in just the glaze, or you can top them with cinnamon and sugar or chopped-up candy bars. I also dipped a few in just powdered sugar and that was also very delicious.