My great grandmother made these every christmas eve.


  • 1/2 cup mashed potato(do not add milk or butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1c whole milk
  • 4 tbl soft butter not melted
  • 1package dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/1 tsp anise seed crushed
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla
  • canola oil or vegetable oil for frying


mix all ingrediients together in a bowl. Start adding flour a little at a time and continue kneading the dough. Keep adding flour until the doughis just to the point it is no longer sticky. NOTE keep the flour to a mininun. knead until smooth. Cover and let dough rise until doubled in size.

When doubled in size punch down and cover it one more time let rise 1 hour

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut odd shapes squares, triangles or use small dougnut cutter. place on floured sheet and let rise, just almost to double in size, when fried they will puff.

heat oil to 375 degrees in deep fryer, fry a few at a time turning to keep even brown. remove from oil and blot dry sprinkle with powdered sugar

about 3 dozen

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Submitted 10/3/05.
Source: great grandmother
Submitted By: pam wicks