Potato Doughnuts

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I’m from the Buffalo/Western New York area. Growing up in Tonawanda, NY there was a Spudnuts Shop, Roehner’s Spudnuts, very close to home. The shop was owned by an older couple who were always very friendly when we came in. It was a special treat going in there with my Dad to pick up a dozen Spudnuts, getting to select a few 0f my favorites. I remember I would choose raspberry jelly filled ones, or powdered sugar ones. I wondered what happened to the shop, but now understand it was a victim of the times. I’d love to try some of these again, but I’m sure it won’t match my memories.

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There was a Spudnuts shop at the end of our street in Dekalb, Illinois. Every Sunday morning we’d get a box of a dozen assorted spudnuts and the Sunday New York Times and the Chicago Sun Times and wife and daughters and I would spend the morning with all of the above. I’ve never really enjoyed doughnuts again since leaving there. And I assume Spudnuts, too, has long since departed.

10/29/20 - I think these are probably more widely available than we would think. It is delicious, though I am not sure I could distinguish it from a non-potato doughnut.

The location listed in Greeley, CO does not appear to be in operation any longer.

I believe Sputnuts Donuts is still open in Pekin, IL. I’ve heard about them for years.


Nice new article on Spudnuts, I learned a lot:

There was one last Spudnuts in Charlottesville, Virginia, when we lived there in 2009-2010. We should have stopped in more often, but we went a couple times and MAN was it good. Sadly, it closed in 2016.

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We have two versions of the recipe we make from time to time. One from an LDS family friend who grew up in Utah and swears it’s the original recipe and that her family worked there and knew the founders. The other recipe is slightly different and my Mom obtained it in CA from a group of women who shared recipes. Both are the best donuts I’ve ever eaten.

We save some back to slice in half like bread and batter them to make french toast! Amazing for that and lighter than french toast made with normal bread.