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She’s a plain Jane.  She’s a donut with no fancy frills.  No glazing, no sugar coating,  she’s a wallflower.  The one who feels left out of the crowd.  You know, the third wheel.  She’s different.  Different because of what she is made of.  Others say she doesn’t belong because its just not normal.

But what do all those other fancy donuts know?  Sure, they have glitter and glitz.  Sprinkles and icing and yes, in their own right they are delicious too.  But the wallflower, she is special.  She doesn’t need all those sprinkles and icings to make her shine.  All she needs is one ingredient that is different from the rest.  Mashed Potatoes.  Sometimes being the wallflower can turn out to be the best thing ever!

The Wallflower Donut

1-1/2 cups room temperature mashed potatoes (just plain mashed taters please – no milk or butter added)
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 cups flour (a little more to help with rolling out the dough)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

In a large mixing bowl using hand mixer (or you can use your kitchen aid as I did – only use the paddle – not the dough hook) beat the potatoes and sugar until incorporated and the mixture becomes wet.  Add eggs, 1 at a time and mix until blended.  Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg.  Incorporate slowly into the batter.  The dough will still be slightly sticky.  Turn dough out onto well floured board and gently pat into a circle.  Cut with donut cutter and carefully place in grease that has reached a temperature of 350 degrees.  When the donut floats to the top of the oil, carefully turn over.  Continue to cook and turn donuts until evenly browned.  Drain on paper towels until slightly cooled.  Dig in and see how amazing the wallflower really can be!

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. ann February 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    The wallflower looks to be very special. I'd love to try to make these.

  2. Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food February 27, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I love this plain Jane, and let's hope she doesn't go in for a makeover or otherwise decide to gussy herself up. She's perfect just as she is and my favorite type of doughnut. A wonderful post, Shelby!

  3. Fallon February 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I'm not huge on donuts but I am very curious how this girl tastes with potatoes!!

  4. Kristen February 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I love potato donuts! Those look like they came from a bakery, they are so good looking (no plain Jane there!)

  5. Jersey Girl Cooks February 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I think I love wallflower donuts!

  6. Pegasuslegend February 28, 2011 at 12:06 am - Reply

    These wallflower donuts are fabulous loving the golden brown crusty color just perfect!

  7. ajcabuang04 February 28, 2011 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I've heard of potatoes in donuts but have never tried it before! These have the perfect golden brown color! I would gladly eat them! 😀

  8. honeyb February 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    Ha! I was a wallflouwer and what more, I'm from Idaho! 😉 Great post.
    Yummy donuts!

  9. Jill February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    JUST LAST NIGHT, I said to my husband, "I have never made donuts and I would like to do so!" And, here is this recipe. I do believe it is serendipity! 😉

  10. bellini valli February 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    There is a local fruit stand that makes what they call "spudnuts" sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Truly delightful!!!!

  11. bridget {bake at 350} February 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Oh my!

    I feel a connection to these donuts, as one wallflower to another! 😉

  12. Heather Christo February 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Oh, I just love donuts!!!!

  13. Michelle February 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I call these Spudnuts. So delicious and so much better then regular donuts!

  14. teresa February 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    delicious! i'd happily choose wallflower!

  15. marla February 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I love that you named these simple beauties the Wallflower donut. Sometimes wimple is best!

  16. kathy March 1, 2011 at 1:01 am - Reply

    My friends mom used to make doughnuts with potatoes, and I loved them so much. Never tried to make them but this would be a good start.

  17. Kirstin March 1, 2011 at 3:36 am - Reply

    wow! Looks yummy!

  18. miss March 1, 2011 at 4:27 am - Reply

    I have a huge thing for any kind of potato bread and I haven't had potato doughnuts in forever. I love your take on them!

  19. Cookin' Canuck March 1, 2011 at 4:50 am - Reply

    What an original idea! I'd love to try these.

  20. Deeba PAB March 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Love these just the way they are…fabulous!

  21. SMITH BITES March 2, 2011 at 1:33 am - Reply

    doughnuts . . . potatoes . . . uhm, YES!

  22. Megan March 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    I dont need icing, just donuts!

  23. Merut March 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    While I love the popular donuts, with the delicious frosting, sugar, and sprinkles. But every now and then I love a classic Wallflower donut. These look lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Lizzy March 3, 2011 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I'm another wallflower donut fan!!!

  25. Food Frenzy March 3, 2011 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Plain Janes are my favorite. Glad to see they are still respected and made by others.

  26. Wilde in the Kitchen March 3, 2011 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I had a potato donut out west once, it was delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  27. Never had a potato doughnut but it looks delicious. I love the idea and can't wait to try it. Hard to go wrong with potato anything!

  28. Joy March 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Those look wonderful. I have been craving donuts all the time.

  29. Tiffany March 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    These donuts would be great with a cup of chai tea right now!

  30. Mateja ^_^ March 5, 2011 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Your plain Jane sound just like my husband- nothing on his dounuts or cake or even pancakes or waffles! Lovley recipe, thank you for sharing and have agreat weekend 🙂

  31. The Mom Chef March 7, 2011 at 2:33 am - Reply

    I hang my head in shame. I would have had no interest in these if they had been baked. The glory is in the fried part of the wonderful little circles. I crave them very, very much (and my body hates me for it).

  32. briarrose March 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful donut….I'm intrigued by the mashed potatoes.

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