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Pumpkin Doughnut Drops

I always have a few special treats handy when the grandchildren visit. These cake doughnuts are one of their favorite snacks. —Beva Staum, Muscoda, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Additional sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and shortening until blended. Beat in pumpkin, vinegar and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, milk powder, baking powder, salt and spices. Add to egg mixture alternately with soda, beating after each addition.
  • In a deep cast-iron skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Roll in additional sugar while warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 doughnut: 48 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 36mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Rose Marie
    Oct 4, 2020

    Can self rising flour be used and omit baking soda/powder and salt?

  • erinshea1982
    Sep 14, 2016

    I was looking for pumpkin recipes and came across this gem!! Wow are these wonderful! We added a bit of cinnamon to the sugar befor rolling them in if!!

  • Pat Vellino
    Oct 15, 2010

    OMG!! Took this recipe to school to share. Everyone Loved it. Will make this again and again. Pat

  • Monarchsmomma
    Jan 18, 2010

    I thought the lemon-lime soda was an unusal ingredient for doughnuts & had leftover pumpkin so I gave these a try. We all liked them. They are light. The doughnut drops are good without sugar.