Easy desserts such as candy are the best for family gatherings, snacks, events, and edible gifts. After all, who really wants to work with a candy thermometer and spend an hour or more in the kitchen making homemade goodies? Instead of buying candy from the store and spending a small fortune, and instead of spending too much time on homemade desserts, make delicious peanut butter candy without using expensive ingredients, numerous bowls, gadgets or a temperamental candy thermometer. Try this easy peanut butter potato candy, and it will become a fast favorite. The recipe can be altered in a number of tasty ways, and it makes great edible gifts for any occasion. No one will realize it contains a potato!
To make peanut butter potato candy you will need a small cooked, mashed potato, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and peanut butter (crunchy or creamy). You will also need a mixing bowl, a rolling pin, a spoon, a knife for spreading and cutting, and a clean surface for rolling out the peanut butter potato pinwheels.
Begin by mixing the cooked, cooled mashed potato with a dash of vanilla extract and enough powdered sugar to make soft pliable dough. It should not be sticky. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until achieving the right consistency for rolling.
Next, roll out the potato dough on a surface covered with a light coating of powdered sugar. If necessary, coat the rolling pin with a little powdered sugar to prevent it from sticking. Roll the dough to a thickness of about ¼ inch.
Use a knife to spread a layer of crunchy or creamy peanut butter over the potato candy dough. Carefully roll it up. Make sure it is not loose, but do not press to hard.
Cut the peanut butter filled roll into potato candy pinwheels. Place them on a serving plate, and keep them refrigerated in an air-tight container. They will keep for up to two weeks with proper refrigeration.
Try adding a little cream cheese to the potato candy dough, and forget about spreading it with peanut butter. Add a liberal amount of shredded coconut, and form the dough into small bite-size balls. Coat the potato candy balls with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and refrigerate it for up to fourteen days in a container with a tight-fitting lid. This version is delicious!
Another option when making peanut butter potato candy is the addition of chocolate. Dip the finished peanut butter pinwheels in melted chocolate or almond bark. Top the melted chocolate with sprinkles or a little shredded coconut. No matter which type is served, no one will be able to eat just a single piece of this simple potato candy.