This candy takes me back to my childhood! Every Christmas holiday we had potato candy, it was one of my absolute favorites! I had a huge sweet tooth growing up. And it always seemed as though every bake sale in town also sold potato candy. Out of all the baked good options, there was never any question of what I wanted to buy – peanut butter potato candy!
Oh! And don’t be thrown off by the potato, you can’t taste it all. The purpose of the potato is a binder to keep the sugar combined in a dough-like consistency.
This stuff is so smooth and creamy. It’s also really rich and sweet, so one or maybe even two pieces at a time is all you’d probably want.
- 1/4 cup cooked/mashed potato – I cooked one russet potato in the microwave, then measured out 1/4 cup.
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 – 32oz bag confectioners sugar – note: you may need less depending on how wet your potato is.
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter – I use Jiff Brand
In a medium-size bowl combine the cooked potato, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Using a fork, mash and stir really well, you don’t want any lumps left in the potato.
Gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar, about one cup at a time. You’re looking for a dough-like consistency. The mixture will not be pourable, it should all be combined together like a ball of cookie dough.
Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
Once chilled, sprinkle some confectioners sugar out on parchment paper. Divide the dough in half. Form a flat ball of dough in your hands and place it on the sugar. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick.
Using a spatula spread out half the peanut butter on the dough.
Carefully begin to roll the dough until you have a log shape. (Try to roll as tightly as possible, this will ensure you have a pretty swirl when you cut slices.
Once in a log shape refrigerate for at least one hour. Repeat steps 4- 7 for the second half of the dough.
Once chilled for an hour, remove from refrigerator and slice to your preferred thickness. This candy is super sweet, I tend to slice it on the thin side.
- If not serving immediately keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat. As it sits on the counter it will begin to soften.
Keywords: Old Fashioned Peanut Potato Candy - No Bake