Homemade Smiley Fries

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


8 servings

Updated: Dec. 16, 2023
These cute smiley fries take us back—back to a time with lunch tables, food trays and tiny milk cartons. If you were a "hot lunch kid" growing up, there's a strong possibility that you were served smiley fries like these from the cafeteria line on more than one occasion. —Lauren Habermehl, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Homemade Smiley Fries Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (without added milk and butter)
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Optional: Ketchup, mustard and ranch dressing


  1. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, bread crumbs, cornstarch and seasonings until smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll out mixture to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter, rerolling scraps. Using a drinking straw, poke 2 circles into each round for eyes. Then use a spoon to make a mouth.
  2. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat 1/2 inch oil to 350°. Fry rounds, a few at a time, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with additional salt to taste. Serve warm, with sauces as desired.

Nutrition Facts

6 fries: 131 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.