Homemade Spudnuts and Glaze Recipe

Two of our sisters, Camille and Kristen, both worked at a doughnut shop in high school.  Our close family friends owned a Daylight Donuts so Camille and Kristen went to work!  I was too young to have a job, but remember thinking how they had one of the greatest jobs of all time.  They got to bring home all of the leftover doughnuts at the end of the day.  Our family finally got to the point where we started getting a little sick of having doughnuts so frequently, so we would hand them out to our neighbors.  We had quite the fan club!  It still broke my heart a little giving those scrumptious doughnuts away.I still love a good doughnut every now and then, especially if it smothered in chocolate.
I don’t know if there is anything better than a fresh, hot spudnut! I hate to admit this, but my darling husband was the one who actually made these.  He knows the way to my hungry, pregnant heart!  He was up so early making dough, letting it rise and cutting out the doughnuts.  How did I get so lucky?!

We made a glaze as well as chocolate frosting for our spudnuts, but you could try just about any topping you like!

I think that the doughnut holes may have been the best part! Mmm Mm! They just melt in your mouth!

Serves: 36

Homemade Spudnuts and Glaze Recipe

30 minPrep Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbl. vanilla
  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 1 c. warm potato water (water that potatoes have been boiled in)
  • 1 c. mashed potato
  • Mix the above ingredients and let set about 30 minutes or until foamy.Then add:
  • 4 well beaten eggs
  • 1 Tbl. salt
  • 12 c. flour
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 c. boiling water
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbl. milk or water
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Knead, let rise until double in size.  Roll out about 3/4" thick, cut as for doughnuts (we used two different sizes of circle cookie cutters).  Let rise until double in size.  Cook in hot vegetable oil, flipping when one side is golden.  While still hot dip in glaze.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until silky and smooth. If you need a touch more milk to make this a dippable glaze, add a bit more.Dip doughnuts in chocolate glaze and let rest to harden slightly.

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47 Responses to “Homemade Spudnuts and Glaze Recipe”

  1. I have a question.....when you mix the first ingredients together, you just dump them together in that order? you dont have to dissolve the yeast first? I am making them now, but it never did get foamy on me.....Of course, since the shortening wasnt melted, there was clumps in there, but I mixed it just a bit with a mixer to mix it as best as possible, and it never did get foamy.....it seemed like everything was too cold to make the yeast work......is that normal?
  2. Carrie
    Help! Sharon's comment was not responded to and I have these in the mixer now awaiting the yeast to activate which I'm thinking it won't do since the milk is cold (the smaller amount of warm potato water is not enough to warm up the milk). I'd rather give up now if they aren't going to rise... (The recipe just said to mix the ingredients together). Sharon, did yours work out? Anyone, what do you think?
  3. Mary Bohner
    I have a couple of questions about the recipe. Do you put everything in a mixer? How long do you beat it? Do you melt the shortening? The dough is very loose. Does it tighen up when it rises? Recipe needs a bit of clarification.
    • All spudnut ingredients will be mixed in a mixer. You only need to beat it until everything is combined. Shortening is not melted and the dough does tighten when it rises. There always things to account for like elevation differences. If you feel the dough is too dry, add more milk until the dough is sticky. If you feel the dough is too sticky, add more flour. Hopefully that helps! Dough can be tricky!

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