January 25, 2019

Mashed Potatoes Doughnut Holes

Mashed Potatoes Doughnut Holes: tender and slightly sweet on the inside and a bit crispy on the outside with the delicious icing coating. Donut holes can be enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, dessert or even as side dish. This is the best finger food you will ever eat made from homemade mashed potatoes.

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mashed potatoes doughnut holes

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Mashed potatoes are a staple for big gatherings and holidays, but there are always leftovers. I never dispose mashed potatoes as there are so many uses for them. These doughnut holes is my personal favorite and my family absolutely loves them. These will definitely replace store-bought donuts! The fact that they are fresh and you make them yourself is just a beginning.

These can be served in many different ways. Whether it’s a dessert, snack, appetizer or even side dish. We usually enjoy them as a snack, sometimes with a cup of coffee or tea. These bite-sized donuts are great for kids and adults and that sweet glaze coating make it so much more. You just can’t resist.

Oil Temperature and Uses:

You can use candy thermometer to know when oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Or using a wooden spatula or a spoon, stick it into heated oil to see if it’s sizzling – it means the oil is heated and ready to fry. I always use this method.

A lot of times, I use a smaller stainless steel pot and use grapeseed oil to fry these. That way you won’t need a lot of oil, but it takes slightly longer to fry these. If you are using larger pan, like I am below, you will need more oil and grapeseed oil is costly. Therefore, I use Wesson brand oil when I fry doughnuts. Their oil is light in flavor and your doughnuts won’t turn out as oily compared to some other brands I tried. Make sure to keep oil at 350 degrees (slightly boiling) so the doughnuts won’t absorb too much of the oil.

mashed potatoes donut holes recipe

Mashed Potatoes Doughnut Holes Ingredients:

  • Mashed potatoes (with salt, butter and milk)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Large egg
  • Sour cream
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Vegetable oil

ingredients for donut holes

Icing Ingredients:

  • Powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Milk (2% or whole)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fine salt

icing ingredients

How to Make Mashed Potatoes Doughnut Holes:

  • Preheat oil in pan over low-medium heat
  • Combine wet ingredients (mashed potatoes, sugar, vanilla, egg, sour cream)
  • In separate bowl combine dry ingredients (all-purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder)
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients until incorporated
  • Oil: bring to a boil
  • Roll 1″ balls and fry until golden brown
  • Transfer cooked donut holes onto paper towel to remove excess oil

how to make doughnut holes

How to Make Icing for Doughnut Holes:

  • Sift powdered sugar
  • Whisk to combine powdered sugar, salt, milk and vanilla extract

doughnut icing recipe

Frying Doughnut Holes:

It’s important to fry maximum 10 batter balls at a time. Overcrowding the pan will result in oil temperature dropping and doughnuts will turn out oily. When one side is cooked the doughnut holes usually turn to the other side by themselves. If some don’t, turn them with kitchen tongs. Heat each side until golden brown.

When doughnuts are cooked, take them out onto tray lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Leave them there for about 30 seconds to slightly cool as well, before rolling in icing. Continue until all batter balls are fried. These are best fresh. Enjoy with hot cup of tea or coffee!

how to fry donut holes

how to make doughnuts

So fluffy on the inside…

donut holes recipe

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*This recipe was originally posted on May 28, 2017.

Mashed Potato Doughnut Holes

5 from 15 votes
Servings: 35 -40
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Mashed Potatoes Doughnut Holes: tender and slightly sweet on the inside and a bit crispy on the outside with the delicious icing coating.


Doughnuts Ingredients:

Icing Ingredients:


  1. Preheat oil in a pan over low-medium heat (350°F - 1” oil deep)
  2. In a large bowl, combine: 3/4 cup mashed potatoes (w/milk, butter & salt in it), 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Then add 1 egg and 3/4 cup sour cream. Stir wet ingredients until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter; stir until incorporated. Batter will be sticky.
  4. Lightly oil large cutting board. Dipping hands into flour, make 1” in diameter batter balls with help of small ice cream scoop. You will have between 35-40 balls.
  5. To Make Icing: line a sieve with a clean bowl. Sift 2 cups powdered sugar. Add pinch of salt, 1/4 cup milk and 2 drops vanilla extract. Whisk ingredients until smooth.

  6. Drop 10 or less balls at a time into oil. These will double in size right away. When one side is cooked, turn to the other if they didn't turn by themselves. Heat each side until golden brown.
  7. Transfer cooked doughnuts onto tray lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oil and to slightly cool (30 seconds). Roll doughnuts in prepared icing and transfer to a serving tray. Continue until all doughnut holes are fried.

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  • chris

    Thanks for this recipe! I’m not so great with yeast dough making, this recipe was much easier, and still delicious. As a lover of lemons, I made a lemon glaze by substituting meyer lemon juice for the milk. I will definitely make these again for fastnacht day in a few weeks:)

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Chris! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Lemon glaze sounds fantastic!

  • Kerry

    We love this recipe! Always turns out delicious and we started making it for special occasions as well.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Kerry! Sounds like you found a new favorite 🙂

  • Jeannette

    Also forgot to mention in my other review that,,,,,,since I was seriously craving sweet potato donuts,,,,,I just swapped the regular potatoes for sweet potatoes and they were fantastic,,,,

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Sweet potatoes sound like a delicious alternative. Thank you for sharing :)!.

  • Jeannette

    Hello Olga,,,, thanks for the super good recipe,,my family REALLY enjoyed them,,,,followed the recipe almost exactly,,,, used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream,,,and instead of vanilla in the glaze I added a couple tablespoons of maple syrup,,,,

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing that with us, Jeannette! I’m so happy to hear your family enjoyed these donuts :)!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      You’re very welcome, Anna! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      You’re welcome, Yelena! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them :).

  • Lucida

    Loved these donuts for brunch with my girls this morning. They were such a hit, I will be making them again!😍

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you Lucida, I’m so happy you and the girls loved these 🙂

  • Tina W.

    These are incredible!!! I’d chose them any day over the store-bought. Such a great way to not waste those leftover mashed potatoes. Thanks Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Tina, yes never throw any leftovers, especially mashed potatoes!!

  • Clare

    Never thought of putting mashed potato into donuts. These turned out wonderful. Totally better than any store-bought donut. Homemade and fresh!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Clare 🙂 These are my favorite when I have left-over mashed potatoes, the one recipe kids will fight over lol

  • Maria

    These are awesome! All these time I was disposing my mashed potatoes from parties. My family, my friends loved these. Oh, I will be making these again and again!?? thank you for saving my mashed potatoes!?

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Lol thanks Maria! Never dispose mashed potatoes. You can make so many good things with it.

  • Liliya

    Olga I have to say this is the first and best homemade donuts I have made!!! ? They are very soft and soooo addicting too!! I couldn’t even tell these had mashed potatoes in them! Now I will know how to reuse my mashed potatoes! Thank you for a very awesome recipe!! ???

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Liliya,
      You’re very welcome! I’m happy to hear you loved these and it’s nice to hear I’m not the only one who’s sooo addicted to them 😀 . They’re so good, it’s kind of hard to let go once you start eating them lol 🙂

  • Liliya

    That’s very interesting! I’ve never heard of donuts made of mashed potatoes, although I’m very curious to try out this recipe!! Your donuts look delicious!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi Liliya, the things we do in the kitchen lol Yes usually donuts are made out of baking ingredients only, but it won’t hurt to twist it sometimes. I’m actually planning to try with pumpkin puree since I kind of love anything pumpkin. Let me know what you think of these once you make them. My little family loves these so I always make this recipe when I have leftover mashed potatoes. I hope you’ll like them too. 🙂

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