• 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 2 cups potato water
  • 3/4 cup sugar + a little
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups floured raisins
  • Flour
Kansas Mennonites nowadays call these "New Year's cookies." They are more like doughnuts. I got recipes from various Mennonite students of mine from the Hutchinson vicinity.
  1. Make your yeast mixture of yeast, potato water, and a little sugar. Let it stand and proof.

  2. Cream the margarine, sugar, and eggs in a big bowl.

  3. Mix the yeast mixture into the big bowl, plus the milk, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and raisins.

  4. Add enough flour for a firm dough, knead, and let it rise.

  5. Break the dough into balls (80 or so) and let them rise again.

  6. Heat a pot of oil.

  7. Fry the dough balls in deep oil.

  8. Sugar them like doughnuts.