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Drop Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Nov. 11, 2022
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
Drop Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (made with milk and butter)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, 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
  • Optional: Additional sugar or confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, sugar, egg, sour cream and vanilla. Combine next 3 ingredients; stir in potato mixture.
  2. Heat oil in an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer to 375°. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. If desired, roll in sugar while warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 42 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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