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The Brown Bobby Doughnut Machine


brown bobby doughnutsThe Brown Bobby Doughnut Machine was marketed as a money making business idea in the 1920’s, 1930’s by the Food Display Machine Corp. Anyone could set up shop or cook these doughnuts from home and sell them.

The Brown Bobby Greaseless Doughnut is a triangular shape with a dense cakelike texture. They are cooked in the Brown Bobby machine which cooks like a waffle iron. Although the doughnuts are not deep fried they do have fat in the recipe so while they are called greaseless they are not fat free.

brown bobby doughnut machineMy great grandmother was a very industrious lady. To supplement the family income she made and sold a variety of handmade goods including handpainted watercolor greeting cards, candy and Brown Bobby doughnuts. My mother remembers well the doughnuts her grandmother made for her.

I recently got to taste Brown Bobbys myself because packed away in my dads workshop attic was my great-grandmothers Brown Bobby Doughnut cooking machine. It was packed away for so long I never knew about this little baby. Mom told me what it was and said to bring it into the house. I was excited at the find because it’s a connection to my great grandmother and I  wanted to try it out. We plugged it in to see if it still works and to our delight it got hot in just a few minutes. Well, you know we are getting into making doughnuts now. Not for selling but for once-in-a-while treats.

brown bobby doughnut machineOur first batch of Brown Bobbys were good but for our taste we wanted more flavor…..cinnamon, vanilla, mace. For our first batch we also tried using a sugar substitute. The texture was good but the doughnuts didn’t brown evenly.

Our next batch included blueberries, cinnamon, mace, vanilla and regular sugar. They were delicious and because of the sugar they browned nice and evenly. They only take 3-4 minutes to cook so they work up fairly quickly.


brown bobby doughnutsThe Brown Bobby machine won’t be going back into the attic anytime soon because we plan on trying all kinds of flavors such as pineapple/coconut, chocolate chip, raisins and who knows what else.

We also plan on trying to cook clam cakes, in the Brown Bobby machine, to go with clam chowder. Yum! I’ll let you know how that goes.



brown bobby doughnuts

The Brown Bobby Doughnut Machine

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  1. Caramel Bits work well. Butterscotch chip’s.Toffee Bits.Mini Chocolate Chip’s or M&M. Wild Blueberris work better then reg .Cinnamon Chips with Cinnamon in the batter. I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. I also use 1/2 Splenda an 1/2 Sugar. I also put chop walnut’s or chop pecan’s. I bake about 300 dozen a year an give most away at Xom’s. The reciepe i use for myself is only 51 cal. per donut from cal. counters. Wish i could find someone to rewire a machine. Or were i can buy the eleic. coils. If you no were Email me. Thank You

    • Hi George – Thanks for the tip on your splenda/sugar ratio. At 51 calories per donut I wouldn’t feel so guilty making them more often. I’ll give the Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour a try too. There are so many goodies to add to them there’s lots of combinations. All this talk about brown bobbies is getting me in the mood to make them again. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Would you be interested in selling your Brown Bobby machine?

    • These machines are hard to find. We’re hanging on to ours. Thanks for your offer and stopping by.

    • Carl, i have one that I am planning on listing on eBay. If you are interested you can email me at and I could sell directly to you (cutting eBay costs) I can send you pictures of the machine too. I think the cord maybe a smidge loose but you can see that in the pics I send me. Put brown bobby in the subject of your email so I know its you.

  3. I also have a machine that I’m looking to sell – contact me at if interested!

  4. I would love to purchase a Brown Bobby doughnut machine! My sweet Grandmother lovingly gave hers to my Mother who always would make those most desirable treats for us as kids, especially for us to take to school as birthday treats to our class, sell at bake sales, Holiday party treats, etc. my parents home burned down 20 yrs. ago & they lost everything, so if I could find this one item for my Mom it would mean so much to her! Please contact me if you have one to sell:

  5. Hello! I grew up with my Great grandmother, grandmother and uncle making these delicious grease-less donuts and was hoping if someone could help point me in the direction of buying a machine. I have the recipe but have been searching forever for a machine of my own. Thank you!!!!!

  6. Any idea what these are worth? I have one my grandmother had.

  7. I just started a Brown Bobby Doughnut page if you’d be interested in joining. Just a place to share recipes and and to ask/answer questions that might come up. If the link doesn’t work just search “Brown Bobby Doughnut Aficionados” on Facebook.

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