No-Fail Spudnuts Doughnuts Recipe (With Photo Tutorial)

by Melissa

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How to make the best spudnuts doughnuts (doughnut tutorial with photos). This homemade donut recipe calls for mashed potatoes, which makes them extra light and fluffy! Our friends say these doughnuts are better than Krispy Kreme!



Spudnuts doughnuts are a yeast donut made with mashed potatoes. Before you get scared off, let me assure you that the potatoes make these doughnuts extra light and fluffy. 

Our friends have said these homemade spudnuts are better than Krispy Kreme donuts, so if that isn’t proof to the deliciousness of this doughnut recipe, I don’t know what is. 

We have been making this spudnuts donuts recipe every Fall for the last 13 years and host a huge open house for neighbors and friends.  We crank out 300-400 spudnuts, so we have lots of tips and tricks up our sleeve to share with you. 

Whether you want to gather friends for a fun evening or just want to make them with your family, this recipe for potato doughnuts is a keeper. 



Besides basic baking ingredients, here’s what you’ll need for spudnuts doughnuts:

  • Mashed potatoes (homemade or instant, without salt or flavoring)
  • Eggs
  • Shortening
  • Flour (lots of it!)
  • Milk (almond or dairy)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Donut cutter 
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper
  • Electric fry pan or deep fat fryer
  • Canola oil or vegetable oil for frying
  • Paper towels
  • Chopsticks (for flipping the spudnuts)




Each batch of this recipe makes 90-100 spudnuts, if you use a standard donut cutter. 

You can definitely cut the recipe in half if you don’t want that many. Or feel free to double or triple if you are hosting a large doughnut open house. 


Making amazing spudnuts is a labor of love. But trust me, it’s work worth doing. All the steps are simple. Just be prepared to be in the kitchen on and off for a few hours until you have hot spudnuts to eat. 

  • Making the dough= about 20-30 minutes if you have the mashed potatoes made ahead of time
  • 1st rise time= at least 1 1/2 hours or up to 4 hours
  • Rolling out/cutting= 45 minutes to 1 hour per batch (if 1 person is rolling)
  • 2nd rise time= 30 minutes (usually just let them rise until all spudnuts are rolled out)
  • Frying/Glazing time= 45 minutes

So yes, this is a long process, but an easy one. You’ll need to dedicate about 3-4 hours of hands on time (with breaks in between). But they are so worth it! And you will become quite popular. Just saying.




1 | Make mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are the key ingredient in these homemade doughnuts. You can use instant or real mashed potatoes.

We prefer to use real potatoes. If you choose to also, make the potatoes a day or two in advance and keep in the refrigerator until you make the dough. This will save you tons of time. 

Be sure the mashed potatoes are smooth and don’t have any big lumps. You can add more milk to get this consistency. Don’t add butter, salt or pepper. 


2|  Scald milk

Scalding milk is easy. Add the milk to a sauce pan. Turn the stove to medium heat.

Stir the milk until there is a thin film on top. It happens right before the milk boils. .

Remove the milk from heat and let it cool.

You’ll still want it slightly warm to help activate the yeast. But it should not be hot to the touch.

3| Mix yeast, sugar, and water together

While the milk is cooling (you can put it in the fridge to speed up the process), mix the yeast, sugar, and water together in a glass measuring cup. 

Set this aside for about 5 minutes until bubbly. 

See how frothy and bubbly it is? That is the key to light and fluffy spudnuts doughnuts. If your yeast mixture doesn’t look lie this after 5 minutes, start over. 

4| Combine it all to make a dough

Slightly beat the eggs and set aside. Cream sugar and shortening together in a new bowl. Add in the eggs and potatoes and mix well. Then add yeast mixture and cooled milk. Slowly add in flour and salt. (You will probably add in an extra 2 cups of flour so that it isn’t sticky.)

The dough will get very heavy and thick. You can use a Kitchenaid or Bosch for this process, but once you add in about 8-10 cups, it’s usually best to finish mixing by hand to avoid burning out the motors of your machine.

5| Let the dough rise

Once the dough is mixed well and smooth, let rise in a large bowl with a clean towel over the top. Let rise for at least 1 1/2 hours, but up to 3-4 hours is fine.




1| Prep the surface and roll

Generously flour a clean surface. Roll the dough about 1/2 inch thick. Smile because you are having fun 🙂 

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2| Cut into donut shapes

Use a donut cutter or a sturdy cup and bottle lid to cut donut shapes and holes out of the dough. Using this inexpensive donut cutter will definitely save you tons of time,but either method works! 

You can save the donut holes for frying or mix back into the dough to use for more doughnuts!


3| Let the cut spudnuts rise

Once all the donuts have been cut, move them to trays covered with wax paper. The wax paper is optional, but sure cuts down on clean-up time!

You will need lots of trays. If you don’t have a lot of baking sheets (these are our all-time favorite baking sheets), buy some cheap rectangle trays at the dollar store. We invested in 10 from Dollar Tree and use them for our spudnut night. I don’t love baking on them, but for letting donuts rise, they are perfect!


Let the spudnuts rise at least half an hour before frying.  However, by the time you are finished rolling out all the spudnuts, you could start frying. They can rise up to a few hours and still turn out!

Tip: While they are rising is a good time to start cleaning up what you can and get prep for frying.


1| Heat the oil

Fill oil into a deep fat fryer or electric fry pan. We use both to speed up the frying process, but prefer an electric fry pan because it holds more donuts. You’ll need enough oil so that the donuts can sit at least half way into the oil.


For an electric fry pan, about 1/2 inch oil.  It needs to be deep enough so that both sides of the spudnut get cooked when flipped. If you use an electric fry pan, it will keep the heat even and you can fry about 8-9 at a time.



Fry the spudnuts until they are golden brown and then flip. Once both sides have been cooked, move them to a pan lined with paper towels. Let the grease drain for a minute or so.

You will go through lots of paper towels during the process, so be sure to have about 1 roll. For easy cleanup, use a disposable baking pan to let the donuts cool in like this:



While the spudnuts are still warm, dip them in homemade glaze  (recipe below). My sister taught us the best trick. Use chopsticks for this process. Slide the chopstick through the hole and then you can glaze a few at a time.


Let the glaze drip off a little bit before you move them to serving platters.


Repeat the process until all the spudnuts doughnuts have been fried and glazed.


The homemade vanilla glaze is always a winner, but you can be creative and create different types of glazes. For different types, just add the following to the vanilla glaze recipe:

  • frozen blueberries= mix in blender with glaze for blueberry glaze (add extra powdered sugar to make it thicker)
  • lemon juice + poppyseeds- lemon glaze
  • cinnamon sugar- skip the glaze and just do cinnamon and sugar
  • chocolate chips= melt chocolate to drizzle over the vanilla glaze

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Okay, so you’re ready to try making doughnuts, donuts, or spudnuts? Whatever you want to call them, here’s the spudnut recipe for melt in your mouth goodness… Enjoy! From our kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this doughnut recipe as much as we have! 

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Homemade Spudnuts

  • Author: Mel
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 80-100 spudnuts 1x


Amazing homemade doughnuts made with spuds to make them extra soft and fluffy. One batch makes nearly 100, making it a great recipe for gatherings!



  • 1 quart (4 cups) milk, scalded (be be cow or almond milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast and 1 Tablespoon sugar dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (without butter and salt and pepper)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons shortening
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1213 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons salt


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 lb. powdered sugar


  1. Make 2 cups of mashed potatoes. (I like to do this the day before to cut down on dough time). Don’ t add butter or salt or pepper to potatoes. Only add milk if too chunky.
  2. Scald milk by heating the milk in a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat. The milk is scalded when there is a film on the top of the milk, just before boiling. Be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and let cool long enough so that you can touch the milk without it hurting. Warm is what you’re going for. *You can speed up the process of cooling by placing the milk in the fridge. Just don’t let it get cold.
  3. While the milk is cooling, heat up 1 cup water. You can heat in the microwave or just get really hot top water. It’s hot enough when sticking a finger in the water stings but is bearable. Add sugar and yeast into the water and let it sit for about 5 minutes, until frothy.
  4. Beat eggs in a seperate bowl and set aside.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.
  6. Stir in eggs, mashed potatoes, yeast mixture,  and milk.
  7. Once combined, start adding flour. Measure in 6-7 cups first and mix well. Mix 2 Tablespoons salt in with the rest of the flour and then add it in as well.
  8. If the dough is too sticky, add a few more cups flour. Knead and mix until you have a soft dough.
  9. Cover the dough with a tea towel and let rise at least 1 hour but up to 3.

Rolling & Cutting 

  1. To roll out and cut, flour the counter well. Roll out dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Use a donut cutter or a cup with water bottle lid to make donut shapes.
  3. Place shaped dough onto floured trays.
  4. Let them rise again another 1/2 hour to 1 hour before frying.

Frying & Glazing 

  1. Heat up canola oil in an electric fry pan or donut fryer.
  2. While heating, mix 1 cup hot water, 2 tsp. vanilla and 2 lbs. powdered sugar in a large bowl for the glaze.
  3. Place doughnuts into hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown. Use a chopstick or tongs to flip to the other side.
  4. Once fried on both sides, remove them to a tray lined with paper towels so that the excess grease can drain.
  5. Dip into homemade glaze and place on a tray.
  6. Eat. Repeat.


Other Varieties:

  • Cinnamon & Sugar- dip hot doughnuts straight into cinnamon and sugar. Skip the glaze.
  • Chocolate & Sprinkles- dip the tops into chocolate glaze and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.
  • Blueberry glaze- Add frozen blueberries and glaze into a blender and mix until thin. Dip.

These spudnuts are so delicious fresh and hot, but they are also good the next day. Eat as is or warm in the microwave for 8-10 seconds.

  • Category: Desserts

Keywords: spudnuts, doughnuts

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