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.
- 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
- Make your yeast mixture of yeast, potato water, and a little sugar. Let it stand and proof.
- Cream the margarine, sugar, and eggs in a big bowl.
- Mix the yeast mixture into the big bowl, plus the milk, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, and raisins.
- Add enough flour for a firm dough, knead, and let it rise.
- Break the dough into balls (80 or so) and let them rise again.
- Heat a pot of oil.
- Fry the dough balls in deep oil.
- Sugar them like doughnuts.