New Year's Raisin Fritters Recipe

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Folks who like raisins will love these fritters, which have been a traditional New Year's treat in our family for at least five generations. Dipping warm fritters in sugar makes them extra special.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (15 ounces) raisins
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Additional sugar


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 2 teaspoons sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, salt, eggs, remaining sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a thick batter. Stir in raisins. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Stir down batter; cover and let rise again until doubled. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°.
  3. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Roll in additional sugar while warm. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as New Year's Raisin Fritters in Best of Country Breads 2000, p99

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"WOW what a fantastic recipe Every one loved it ..."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"hmmm good. love them. when we grew up we just called them raisin donuts. had them more than once a year too."

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