Drop Doughnuts Recipe
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Drop Doughnuts Recipe

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For 30 years, I've been using leftover mashed potatoes to make these light and fluffy doughnuts. The recipe was originally created by my neighbor's mother-in-law. The doughnuts are great for breakfast or as a snack anytime. -Marilyn Kleinfall, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:18-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 18-20 servings


  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (mashed with milk and butter)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Additional sugar or confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 doughnuts (calculated without additional sugar) equals 88 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sugar, egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; stir in potato mixture.
  2. Heat oil in an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer to 375°. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels; roll in sugar while warm. Yield: 3 to 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Drop Doughnuts in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p39

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Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"These are fantastic! I rolled them in cinnamon sugar. So good!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"This recipe for small crunchy donuts was just what I was looking for I served them with lemon sauce. If they had been more flavorful they would not have worked with the lemon sauce. Very good thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"These were surprisingly good. Made them in the evening and had the leftovers for breakfast. I did add cinnamon and nutmeg, as suggested by donnajewett for a little more flavor and they were great!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"quick, easy and great tasting - I will add a little salt next time though"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I gone to try to instead or vanilla use Bacon and roll in chopped pecans"

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