Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Doughnuts

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 50 min.


about 4 dozen

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023
My relatives have been making these tasty doughnuts for years. The potatoes keep them moist, and the glaze provides just the right amount of sweetness. —Marlene Reichart, Leesport, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Doughnuts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 cups mashed potatoes or riced potatoes (without added milk, butter or seasonings)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: Food coloring and sprinkles


  1. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, milk, eggs and butter. Combine the sugar, baking powder and 2 cups flour; stir into potato mixture. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  2. Divide dough in half. Turn each half onto a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-3/4-in. doughnut cutter.
  3. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  4. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Color glaze if desired. Dip doughnuts into glaze; add sprinkles if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 doughnut: 163 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.