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Spudnuts Recipe – Mashed Potato Donuts

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This spudnuts recipe is super easy to make and they’re delicious!  Spudnuts are donuts that are actually made with mashed potatoes. If you’ve ever had potato bread, imagine that soft and tasty bread but in donut form.

Spudnuts are some of my family’s favorite desserts to make.  Some of our other family-favorites are these amazing Homemade Brownies, these quick and easy Cake Mix Cookies or these classic Chocolate Chip Cookies.

spudnuts mashed potato donuts recipe

What Is A Spudnut

Making fried doughnuts is not as hard as you might think! This Spudnuts recipe I am sharing with you today is really easy and super delicious. What are “Spudnuts” you ask? Spudnuts are doughnuts made with mashed potatoes. Here is a step-by-step video so you can see exactly how to make these doughnuts from beginning to end, including how to know when your dough is just right, and how to fry the doughnuts:

Tips For Making Spudnuts

  • If your mashed potatoes are too salty, mix in a little sugar to sweeten them.
  • You don’t have to make mashed potatoes specifically for this recipe.  Just use your leftover mashed potatoes from dinner the night before! Your mashed potatoes can have salt and pepper and other flavors in them and your spudnuts will still turn out as tasty as ever!
  • For this recipe, I suggest using an electric skillet if you have one. Electric skillets let you set the temperature, and they keep that temperature constant. You don’t have to worry about turning your stove up and down and guessing about the correct temperature. If you have a fryer, you can also use that, but you won’t be able to make as many doughnuts at a time.
  • When I cut out the doughnuts, I just use a large cup.  Then I use a medicine cup (the kind that comes with Children’s Tylenol) for the holes.
  • Decorate your donuts as desired! We love dipping our spudnut donuts in sugar, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or topped with a delicious chocolate glaze!

Items Needed To Make Spudnut Donuts

spudnuts donuts recipe

Other Easy Donut Recipes

How To Make Potato Donuts

  • Mix the ingredients in the order and according to the directions below
  • Once the ingredients are mixed and your dough is soft, cover the dough and let it rise for 90 minutes
  • After rising, punch the dough down
  • On a heavily floured surface, roll out the dough so that it’s about 1/2 inch thick
  • Using a large cup, cut out the donuts from the dough
  • Using a small medicine cup, cut out the holes in the center of the spudnuts
  • Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes while the oil is heating up in the skillet
  • Heat the oil to 375 degrees F
  • Cook each side of the spudnut donuts until they are a golden brown.  This will take between 30 and 60 seconds
  • Use tongs to flip the spudnuts and to remove them from the oil
  • Once cooked, cover them in your favorite toppings

Spudnuts Potato Donuts Recipe

If you’ve never made donuts using mashed potatoes before you really need to try them.  Leave us a comment below and let us know you liked them or tag us on social media so we can see you enjoying a fresh batch right out of the skillet!

Spudnuts Recipe
4.2 from 10 votes

Spudnuts Donuts Recipe

This spudnuts recipe is super easy to make and they're delicious! Spudnuts are donuts made with mashed potatoes. If you've ever had potato bread, imagine those in donut form. Yields about 15 doughnuts plus holes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1 Spudnut
Calories 308 kcal


  • 1 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup hot mashed potatoes*
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup flour plus 2 1/2 to 3 cups more


  1. Mix the yeast and warm water and leave to proof.
  2. Mix together your butter, sugar, hot mashed potatoes, and scalded milk. (I reheat my mashed potatoes with the butter so that the butter will melt).
  3. Mix your yeast and water, egg, salt, and one cup of flour. Beat well.
  4. Add your mixture of butter, sugar, potatoes, and milk. Blend well, then add an additional 2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour. Mix well until you have a slightly sticky, but very soft dough.
  5. Cover the dough and allow to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Punch down dough and roll out about 1/2-inch thick onto a heavily floured surface.
  7. Cut out doughnuts and doughnut holes. Remove excess dough, roll out, and cut out more doughnuts and holes until all dough is used.
  8. Let doughnuts rest for about 30 minutes while the oil heats up.
  9. Add about an inch of oil into an electric skillet. Heat to 375 degrees.
  10. Carefully add doughnuts to the oil. When bottom begins to brown (after 30 seconds to a minute), flip doughnuts and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Use tongs to remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  11. Sprinkle sugar, powdered sugar, or drizzle your favorite glaze over the top. Serve & enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

If your mashed potatoes are REALLY salty, you may want to add a little extra sugar to the doughnuts. Otherwise, no worries!

Nutrition Facts
Spudnuts Donuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


easy Spudnuts potato donut recipe

Happy Baking!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Melissa is the creative mom and blogger from Ice Cream Inspiration, She was a contributor on the Somewhat Simple Creative Team from 2015-2016. Stop by her site for delicious recipes, home organization challenges, and amazing makeovers!

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