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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Drops (a.k.a. Turkey Leg Donuts)

Right now we are at my in-law’s home in New Hampshire. My mother-in-law Pat is the best mother-in-law on the planet. No joke. Yesterday as my sister-in-law and I slept in, she played with all the kids and even sewed THREE skirts. She’s Super Grandma.

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This morning she made Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Drops with my nephew Colby. He was complete engaged the entire time they were cooking, it was adorable. And the doughnut drops were DELICIOUS. Because they’re fried, as doughnuts should be! (Sidenote: A baked doughnut is NOT a doughnut. It’s a muffin posing as a doughnut. You need OIL to make a doughnut a doughnut! Okay, ranting done.)

cinnamon-sugar doughnut drops |

cinnamon-sugar doughnut drops |

We also renamed these doughnut drops “Turkey Leg Donuts,” because a large quantity of them looked like, you guessed it, turkey legs! Sadly, I didn’t photograph any of the turkey leg donuts. What was I thinking?!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Drops (a.k.a. Turkey Leg Donuts)
From a magazine but I can’t tell which one from the cutout Pat has in her recipe box
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a medium to large heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil to 375. (Pat note: make sure you heat it to the right temperature!)
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in milk, oil, vanilla and egg with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil. (Pat note: make sure it really is just by TEASPOONful.) You can cook 5 to 6 at a time. Fry doughnut drops 60-90 seconds on each side until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Mix ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together and roll hot doughnuts in the sugar mixture.
  5. The recipe says this makes 30-36 doughnut drops. I suppose it’s right, but I can’t believe how FAST we ate them, it seemed like about 10!


  1. 1

    This looks yummy! I now have a mini fryer so I can’t wait to try this recipe! So fun you get to relax and enjoy time with family!

  2. 2
    Nikki CB

    Awesome! These look super tasty. I have never made doughnuts before. I’m intimidated by large quantities of hot oil.

    • Jane Maynard

      nikki, it’s not scary! plus, nate’s mom used a medium-sized pan ad only had about 1-2 inches of oil, so it wasn’t too large of a quantity! 🙂

  3. 3

    I just made these this morning and they were the PERFECT breakfast for a lazy Saturday!! They were so delicious and definitely required a lot of self control to not eat the whole plate!! I see why she emphasized only a teaspoon because I made a few too large and they were complete goo in the middle! Have you ever tried coating them with powdered sugar?? It was an after thought for me this morning but I think I may try it next time 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      so glad you loved them! I personally haven’t done powdered sugar but it would definitely work and be delicious!!

  4. 4

    A pot works just the same.

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