Potato Candy

My step-grandma used to make this for us kids, when we were growing up. After I moved away, I tried many, many times to recreate the recipe, with no luck. I was thrilled to find it by chance in a book called “Company’s Coming – Most Loved Treats” by Jean Pare. Most-loved indeed! Now I make them every Christmas. Well, every Christmas except the one Christmas immediately after the twins were born! If you look them up in the book, they are actually called Pinwheels.


2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup mashed potatoes

½ teaspoon vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Turn out onto a work surface dusted with confectioner’s (powdered) sugar. Knead until smooth, adding more powdered sugar as needed, until a pliable but not sticky dough forms. Divide into 3 equal portions. Roll out 1 portion on the surface dusted with powdered sugar, to 5×8 inch rectangle, 1/8 inch thick.

Spread about 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter evenly over the top. Roll up, jelly-roll style, from long side. Wrap with plastic wrap. Chill. Repeat with remaining portions. Cut each roll in to ¼ inch slices. Makes about 6 dozen pinwheels.

(photo taken from shockinglydelicious.com)

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One comment

  • alma December 28, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Made many of those pinwheels growing up. Never used any mashed potatoes.

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