My mom always made this for the holidays when I was a kid in Ohio. You can use left over potatoes from last night's supper or just throw a potato in the microwave for 5 minutes, cool, and add butter and a little salt (no pepper please). The powdered sugar and peanut butter filling goes so well together. The potatoes help the candy hold it's shape and give it substance.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 slices
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine confectioners' sugar, mashed potatoes, butter, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until a thick dough forms. Refrigerate dough until chilled, about 30 minutes. Stir extra confectioners' sugar into dough if too moist.

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  • Spread a large sheet of waxed paper on the counter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

  • Dust rolling pin with confectioners' sugar. Roll chilled dough on prepared waxed paper into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.

  • Spoon peanut butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on High until slightly softened, 20 to 30 seconds.

  • Spread softened peanut butter onto dough.

  • Roll dough, starting from long end, into a jelly roll shape.

  • Wrap the roll in waxed paper and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 43.1g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 2.4mg; sodium 117.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
My great grandmother used to make this every year at Xmas. In addition to the peanut butter kind she would drop by spoonfulls and put a candied cherry or walnut in the middle. Coconut can be added as well. This candy says Christmas to me! And btw I'm from Ohio too!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/08/2016
Unfortunately the pototo I used left very tiny hunks of potato in the mixture which I found very unappetizing in what should be a smooth confection. Read More
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21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2012
My great grandmother used to make this every year at Xmas. In addition to the peanut butter kind she would drop by spoonfulls and put a candied cherry or walnut in the middle. Coconut can be added as well. This candy says Christmas to me! And btw I'm from Ohio too!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2018
These are exactly what I was looking for. I followed the recipe with no changes and love it. I did have trouble rolling it up without breaking the dough but that will just take some practice on my part. Very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2012
My first attempt at this recipe. Turned out great! I have been looking for this recipe forever...I remember my grandmother making it when I was young. We lived in Ohio at the time. Made me wonder if this was a buckeye treat..haha. Anyway thank you sooo much it really took me back to a happy place! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2012
Yummy. My Dad use to make these at Christmas time for us as kids. Unless you tell folks they'll never know you use mashed potatoes. Brings back sweet memories. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2014
I love using this recipe; a former housemate showed me how to make potato candy but I take it one step further. I melt chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle some of it over the peanut butter before rolling the potato mix up and then after the candy has been rolled cut and chilled I'll either dip the candy into some of the melted chocolate or drizzle more chocolate over the candy pieces. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2014
I just made this and it's absolutely wonderful! It tastes just like my Pawpaw used to make when I was little. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2014
Potato candy has been a holiday tradition in my family for a very long time. You can make mashed potatoes from the dry flakes and it works well, too. I make it with both smooth and crunchy peanut butter. I also use Nutella, which is really good. There is a natural brand of peanut butters called Wild Friends - they have a chocolate-coconut peanut butter, and a cinnamon raisin peanut butter that is also good in this. My mother used to mix cream cheese or apple butter with the peanut butter. This is also good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2015
Thanks for posting this. I haven't made this in 35 yrs, so I needed to refresh my memory. I made this when I lived in Wheeling, WV. To the reviewer who thought it a bit dry, try mixing in a bit more mashed potato. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2015
Recipe was very easy to follow and came out perfectly! I dusted with powdered sugar after I cut the roll up and placed back in the refrigerator before giving to a woman who missed her mother making this for her since she passed away. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/08/2016
Unfortunately the pototo I used left very tiny hunks of potato in the mixture which I found very unappetizing in what should be a smooth confection. Read More
(1)
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