I grew up near Idaho where they're famous for "spudnuts," a donut made from mashed potatoes. I reworked a recipe using sweet potatoes flecked with cranberries to come up with these doughnuts. I like to serve them for dessert. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
“This is a very old recipe from my aunt that I revamped to use my bread machine,” writes Peggy Burdick of Burlington, Michigan. The pastries are deep-fried, then glazed with a simple maple frosting. “They’re very good for coffee breaks,” she notes.
Making these doughnuts has long been a custom in my French Canadian family. I remember helping with these tender treats as a child and eating the "holes" with my sister and brother. I loved their hint of lemon flavor! Carrying on the tradition, my husband, children and I have made these yummy doughnuts every Christmas for many years.—Michelle Vander Byl, Portland, Ontario
You can try different flavors and coating colors in this recipe to suit any occasion. For Halloween at my house, it just has to be pumpkin and orange candy coating! —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
The coffee-flavored glaze on these moist and tasty doughnuts makes them a perfect way to start off the morning...on Christmas Day or any day. You'll find this recipe is a great way to use up leftover potatoes. —Pat Siebenaler, Random Lake, Wisconsin
No need to bundle up to build this snowman—you construct it in the kitchen out of doughnut and candy! The Crafting Traditions cooking staff suggests making these snowmen would be fun at a get-together, especially if you set out the "supplies" so guests can create their own, and also a wonderful wintertime project for the whole family.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
As a special treat in winter, my parents would make a double batch of these doughnuts to welcome us six kids home from school. This recipe from my great-aunt has been handed down through the generations.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother took me aside one day and taught me how to make her famous banana beignets. Although we made them during the holidays, they're pretty fantastic any time of the year. —Amy Downing, South Riding, Virginia
Cake doughnuts remind me of family trips to South Dakota. We’d stop at Wall Drug for a dozen or so before camping in the Badlands. Maple glaze was and still is my favorite. Share a batch with friends and family who appreciate a hot, fresh doughnut. —Melissa Hansen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin