Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar

Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar

Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts are crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. Not to mention they’re completely coated with an irresistible cinnamon and sugar mixture which is sure to have you doing the happy donut dance!
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Today I’m sharing this fantastic recipe for Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with you and I’m hosting my own personal giveaway of a NuWave induction cooktop for you to make them with (details about the giveaway follows after the recipe). *Note – The NuWave giveaway has ended.

*Note – you don’t need an induction cooktop to make these Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts. They can be made on the stovetop or with a countertop fryer just as easily, but controlling the oil temperature may not be as easy as it is with induction frying. Additional information regarding the NuWave induction cooktop can be found near the end of this post.

There is nothing as heartwarming and comforting as the gift of a homemade donut! If you’re lucky enough to be the recipient of one (or a dozen), then you know what I’m talking about.

If you have someone you love with all your heart, make them a batch of Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts. No words needed. Feel the love!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar is available near the end of this post. 

 Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts are crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. Not to mention they're completely coated with an irresistible cinnamon and sugar mixture which is sure to have you doing the happy donut dance! -

The ingredient list for making Homemade Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts is as follows;

  • mashed sweet potatoes (leftovers work great for this recipe)
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • shortening
  • eggs
  • milk
  • pure vanilla extract
  • light colored oil for frying (I use peanut oil, but canola or vegetable oil is fine)

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If you’re ready, let’s begin making Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar. I’ll walk you through the easy instructions;

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another large bowl, blend together the shortening, brown sugar, milk, mashed sweet potato, vanilla, and eggs.

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, beating just until a soft dough is formed.

Turn the dough out on a counter and sprinkle with enough flour so the dough is still soft but not too sticky. Roll the dough to an approximate ½” thickness. Use a round cutter to cut out donuts (rerolling the scraps is recommended to make 24 donuts). Use your thumb and press a hole in the center of each, stretching if needed.

Bring approximately 3″ of oil to a temperature of 375-degrees, and carefully add the donuts (2 or 3 at a time) to the hot oil. Fry the dounts on both sides until golden brown and puffed.

Carefully remove the fried donuts from the oil using a large slotted spoon and immediately toss the hot donuts in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.

These Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts freeze wonderfully well, so even though this recipe makes approximately 2 dozen, you don’t have to eat them all at one time…unless of course, you have family and friends that will help you devour them within moments of placing them on a plate.

Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts are crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. Not to mention they're completely coated with an irresistible cinnamon and sugar mixture which is sure to have you doing the happy donut dance! -

Once these Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts take a swim in the hot frying oil and become golden brown, they then take a dip in a cinnamon sugar bath which coats each donut with just the right amount of spicy sweetness. Ohhhh! Ahhhh!

If you’re a little skeptical of how Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts will taste, don’t be. You’re going to absolutely love them! While they’re a wonderful autumnal treat, they can be made and eaten any time of the year.

Watch out apple cider donuts! These Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts will give you a run for your money!

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We brought my father-in-law a dozen of these Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts. As he’s aged (he’s 94 and under hospice care), his taste buds for sugary sweet treats have increased tremendously.

Even though he’s mostly on a pureed diet (don’t worry, I brought him plenty of pureed foods, too) I knew he’d be able to enjoy and appreciate these soft, sweet, cake-like treats.

Did you know that as we age our taste buds more acutely recognize sweet foods as opposed to any other type of foods? We learned this fact from his day nurse, and I find it fascinating. Who knew? You can read more about how our sense of taste changes from this article from  Bon Appetite.

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If you’re a lover of sweets for breakfast (or anytime for that matter), please click on the following Kudos Kitchen recipe titles I think you’ll also enjoy;

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar. If you enjoy this recipe and are anxious to give it a try, I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give this recipe some feedback by way of stars. Thank you so very much! 🙂

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Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts are crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. Not to mention they're completely coated with an irresistible cinnamon and sugar mixture which is sure to have you doing the happy donut dance!
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American, donuts, fried
Keyword: cinnamon & sugar donuts, fried donuts, homemade donuts, mashed sweet potato donuts
Servings: 24 donuts
Calories: 204 kcal
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For the dough;
  • cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ cup shortening, I used butter flavor
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups prepared mashed sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4-6 cups peanut oil, canola or vegetable may be substituted
For the cinnamon & sugar topping;
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • tablespoon ground cinnamon
To make the donuts;
  1. In a large, high sided pot, heat the oil to 375-degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

  3. In a separate bowl cream together the shortening and brown sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla, mashed potatoes, and milk. Blend until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the flour mixture, 1/3'd at a time and on low speed into the creamed shortening mixture until all the flour is fully incorporated and the dough is soft and pliable.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

    *Note - if the dough seems too sticky, knead in a little extra flour. You're looking for a soft dough but not an extremely sticky dough.

  6. Roll the dough out to an approximately,  uniformly ½" thickness.

  7. Use a 3" round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter that has been dipped in flour and cut out as many circles as you can. Set them aside on a lightly floured surface.

    *Note - You can re-roll the scraps and continue cutting circles from the remaining dough.

  8. Use your thumb to poke holes into the center of the circles (more flour on your hands may be needed) and gently stretch the donuts into shape.
  9. Use a large slotted spoon or spider strainer and carefully place about 4-5 donuts in the hot oil to fry about 3-4 minutes on each side or until deeply golden brown.

    *Note - if the oil is too hot, the donuts will brown quickly and still be raw in the middle. Try and keep your oil temperature as constant as possible to avoid this. Or, if it's not hot enough, the oil will saturate the dough making your donuts greasy.

  10. Carefully removed the cooked donuts from the oil (using the strainer) and place them into a bowl with the cinnamon sugar. Toss to coat.

  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

These donuts freeze well for up to 3 weeks if wrapped well with parchment paper or wax paper in between each donut.

*Tip - to check if your oil is up to temperature without a thermometer, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the hot oil and if small bubbles form (think champagne bubbles), you're good to go.

Tools and equipment;

measuring spoons, measuring cups, stand mixer or hand mixer, whisk, large slotted spoon, rolling pin, baking sheets (optional), large high sided pot (for frying), 2 large bowls, 1 medium bowl, nutmeg grater (optional), 3" round cookie (or biscuit) cutter, thermometer.


Nutrition Facts
Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 77mg3%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1600IU32%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts with Cinnamon & Sugar as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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And now, because you been so patient and have taken the time to look at all my pictures, and you’ve read carefully through the recipe (you did, didn’t you?), here is your chance to win a brand new, never before used NuWave Induction Cooktop (a $99 value) for your very own. Because I’m a giver! 🙂

What I love about the induction cooktop method of frying is that the oil temperature stays constant, no matter how many batches of Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts, French fries, or fritters you’re making.

The induction cooktop also portable, so as long as you have an outlet to plug into, you’re good to go. One thing you will need to be aware of is that not all cookware is induction cooktop compatible. In order for cookware to be induction cooktop compatible, it must be made of magnetic based metal, such as cast iron or magnetic stainless steel.

Once you have the proper cookware for induction cooktop cooking (which you may already have in your cabinets), you’re ready to fry up these incredibly delicious Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts in a matter of minutes.

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This contest will run for 7 days until 7:30 pm (central time) on September 10, 2014. The winner will be notified via email (and on my facebook page) and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or else another winner will be selected. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Sorry to all my Canadian friends but I honestly can’t afford the shipping 🙂

Just one more thing before you go. I painted this custom set of champagne flutes to coordinate with a western theme wedding (note the bandannas at their necks) and the couples wedding colors of orange and turquoise.

I thought it would be a fun set to coordinate with a recipe for Mashed Sweet Potato Donuts because they’re both so sweet, and the colors compliment each other nicely!

Western Themed Custom Painted Wedding Champagne Flutes -

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  1. What a wonderful thing to do for your father-in-law. I love donuts and these sound so earthy, like the look of the soft dough in the picture, it makes for the best donuts.
    Thank you for this fantastic giveaway too Renee.

  2. Having another way to cook–and, especially in a more efficient manner–is the reason I would like this induction cooktop.
    I love the champagne flutes you painted 😉

  3. Oh, I have been wanting one of these for the longest time! We entertain a lot and it would be so handy to have another cooking spot. We also host "cooking parties" which are so much fun but having space for 5 "teams" to work can get kind of crazy. This would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Oh my gosh, Renee – I was SO looking forward to seeing this recipe. They look and sound like perfection. I do love apple cider dougnuts, but I'm willing to give these a go, as well…hurry up cool weather! 😉

    As for an induction cooktop, well, I'd love to have one as an extra cooking surface during the holidays, also to take along with me when I do cooking classes for a local community center, and now that you mention – I'd love to use it to keep frying oil at an even temp! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  5. I would love to win this! I have getting greasy, soggy fried items from the temp of the oil dropping when I add the foods. Yuck! Hope Mandy and David had a great wedding! I love their glasses!

  6. Because I tend to run out of burners when I'm cooking for my extended family!

    Great giveaway … and great doughnuts!

  7. I have a very small stove top, so I would love an extra cooking surface. The Nuwave sounds awesome. Those donuts look pretty darn good too! Thanks.

  8. Oh yum! I have never had a sweet potato donut (or a pie even)! Looks and sounds so good! And I want that Nuwave!!

  9. I've never had a sweet potato donut, either, but these look heavenly! Pinned, Stumbled, and entering this fab giveaway – I've always wanted to try induction cooking, but didn't want to invest in an entire cooktop, so this is a great solution!

  10. I have been wanting one of these forever! And pass me a donut.

  11. I have been wanting an induction cooktop cooker for what seems like forever but only has been for awhile, I'm always being asked to cook at other peoples homes but do not always like their stoves, weird I know but true, the NuWave Cooktop would be a totally great addition to my kitchen.

  12. I have never tried induction cooking and it looks like it would be fun. Donuts on Sunday morning after church.

  13. I love the idea of frying in such an efficient manner!

  14. So I can make these donuts of course ; )

  15. Sweet potato donuts are delicious. I'll have to try your recipe. I've been looking at induction burners for a while. Mainly to control the temperature more accurately while brewing beer, but frying is a use I never thought of. How cool!

  16. We have an electric cook top. I'm not a fan. I would love this!

  17. I would like the induction to do my frying to regulate the temp properly. Nice donut recipe!

  18. What a great recipe for doughnuts. I bought a induction plate 3 years ago and I love it. Nice giveaway I will share it. 🙂

  19. Hi Renee those mashed sweet potatoes donuts look incredible. I never thought of making sweet potato ones so thanks for this fantastic version and making me think outside my comfort zone.

  20. Oh my goodness these look incredible! Can't wait to make them!

  21. An induction cooktop is second on my wish list (a sous vide machine is number 1). Somehow I believe I would magically become Top Chef-worthy just by owning one!
    On the serious side, since it keeps uniform heat, heats up quickly and doesn't get hot itself, I'm thinking it would be awesome for making jam in the summertime, when the fruit is at it's ripest but also when my West-facing kitchen is being slowly roasted by the 100+ degree desert heat.

    • Tina, I'm so glad you entered to win the induction cooker. However, I feel a need to tell you…they do in fact get hot! Very hot!!! I was surprised too because on the infomercial I watched, they placed their hands right on the cook surface right after cooking. Don't let that fool you. They are just like other cook surfaces…they get hot! Still, I enjoy mine and I wish you good luck in the giveaway. I know if you win, you'll enjoy it too.

    • A somewhat dishonest infomercial??? I guess I can't reallyyyyyy be shocked. But I'm thinking it still wouldn't heat up the kitchen as much as the stovetop. And right now, after yet another 100+ degree day, I'll take any little help I can get!

  22. I'd like to win the induction cooker because the stove in my apartment is pretty old and high heat on it seems more like medium heat on most stoves. A source of higher heat would making doing things like searing faster and easier!

  23. These donuts are absolutely amazing!!!

  24. I've had potato donuts before and they are delicious, so I can only imagine how much better they are with sweet potato! I've used an induction stove top once before but was figuring it out on the go at a hotel. Would love to try it at home and break my fear of frying!

  25. My husband has been pining for an induction cooktop for years! Love this giveaway! (Those donuts look delicious too!)

  26. Why would I love to win this induction cooktop? Because it's donut frying season! And who wants to be bothered with thermometers and the inevitable waiting for oil to heat and stay hot when all I want to do is shove donuts in my mouth?

  27. I would love to win the Induction oven because I love to cook but my kitchen is very small and I don't have a lot of room so the Induction cooker would save space for me.

  28. Boy. I'd be one very popular woman if I made these doughnuts! And I'd love an induction cooktop for my cooking demos!

  29. Very cool giveaway. I've never used an induction before (weird since I'm a food blogger right) but I hear such amazing things about them. I'd love to have one. I hear they heat up fast, and maintain consistent heat.

  30. It's always great to have another cooking or hot-spot when things get really rolling in the kitchen.
    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

  31. I always burn foods in saucepans and pots because I have a hard time heating them evenly. This would be perfect!

  32. I've never used one of these and would love to have one to cook more things. Looks like it would be a lot of fun.

  33. The NuWave PIC2 does the thinking for you and it has 100 hours of memory! It is so easy to use.
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  34. I like the Breakfast At Tiffany's Inspired Painted Coffee Mug!
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  35. now for me to figure out how to make this a gluten free recipe for my celiac household. I can't wait to try them. I am such a lover of sweet potato ANYTHING!!

  36. I love your Wonder Woman painted ornament. My ex-SIL collected Wonder Woman items, I wish I knew how to get in touch with her to tell her about it.

  37. I've been craving a Fall donut!

  38. I am so impressed with the professionally detailed instructions and pictures on ths beautifully done site. These donuts look to die for! Thanks for including all the details.

  39. I would love to win this! These donuts look amazing! Dee Fedor dfal182 at gmail dot com

  40. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have one! For the endless possibilities to create! I love to cook – in the kitchen, just because daily – homemade donuts would be amazing and the start! Come on rafflecopter! 🙂

  41. I sure would love to have an extra stovetop space for holiday cooking!

  42. What a great addition to my kitchen! Thanks for a chance to win this great item. Hmm! Time to make the doughnuts!

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